Samsung http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/all en-GB Samsung Galaxy S5 Ultimate Setup http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5-ultimate-setup/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> So you&#039;ve got a Galaxy S5 – here&#039;s how to make the most of Samsung&#039;s new superphone, with our collection of awesome accessories </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy S5 S View Cover" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 S View Cover" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung-galaxy-s5-s-view-cover.jpg?1397902939" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>So, you&#39;ve just taken delivery of your shiny new <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy S5</a>&nbsp;&ndash; the most feature-packed smartphone on the planet.</p> <p>But how to make the most of those features? You need to tool up with some accessories. We&#39;ve picked out the best headphones, cases and kit for music, gaming and everyday use.</p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review" target="_blank"><strong>Read our in-depth review of the Samsung Galaxy S5</strong></a></p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/stephen-graves" title="View user profile.">Stephen Graves</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Extra battery kit (£30) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>One of the advantages of the Galaxy S5 is that you don&#39;t need to faff about with unsightly battery cases or bulky battery packs; if you&#39;re running low on juice you can just pop the back off and swap the removable battery out with a replacement. Of course, first you need your replacement battery; pick up two or three and even the longest of long-haul flights will hold no terrors for you.</p> <p><a href="http://www.clove.co.uk/samsung-galaxy-s5-extra-battery-kit" target="_blank">clove.co.uk</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy S5 Extra Battery Kit" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 Extra Battery Kit" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-s5-battery-kit.jpg?1397902939" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sol Republic Master Tracks (£170) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We called these over-ear cans &quot;light, comfortable and virtually indestructible,&quot; &nbsp;in our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sol-republic-master-tracks/review" target="_blank">review</a> &ndash; so they&#39;ll sit nicely alongside the newly-ruggedised Galaxy S5. They&#39;re nicely understated in gunmetal, white or blue finishes,&nbsp;and deliver balanced, dynamic sound with plenty of poise and detail.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/SOL-Republic-Master-Tracks-Engines-Gunmetal/dp/B00B1NN0TS" target="_blank">amazon.co.uk</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sol Republic Master Tracks" alt="Sol Republic Master Tracks" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sol-republic-master-tracks_0.jpg?1397902939" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> S View Flip Cover (£37) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Galaxy S5&#39;s plastic build has its detractors, it&#39;s fair to say. But that removable back cover has one key advantage over swanky metal and glass affairs &ndash; you can swap it out for Samsung&#39;s neatly-designed S View Flip Cover, giving you extra screen protection without adding bulk. There&#39;s a handy S View window in the cover, so you can check your notifications and answer calls on a customised screen; cleverly, your phone detects the colour of your S View cover and changes the colour of the window display to match it.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mobilefun.co.uk/official-samsung-galaxy-s5-s-view-premium-cover-case-blue-black-p44029.htm" target="_blank">mobilefun.co.uk</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy S5 S View Cover" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 S View Cover" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-s5-s-view-cover-2.jpg?1397902939" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Moga Hero Power controller (US$60) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Yes, Samsung has an official Wireless Gamepad, and very nice it is too. But it&#39;s bulky, heavy and &ndash; crucially &ndash; lacks dual trigger buttons. This effort from Moga packs a full Xbox 360 controller layout, including twin analogue sticks, D-pad and dual triggers (a requirement for console ports like Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas).</p> <p>It also packs a 1800mAh onboard battery that can &ndash; in a pinch &ndash; be used to charge your phone, as well as a handy gripper arm for gaming on the go.</p> <p><a href="http://store.mogaanywhere.com/Products/CPFA000353-01" target="_blank">mogaanywhere.com</a></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-htc-one-m8/feature" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8)</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Moga Hero Power controller" alt="Moga Hero Power controller" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/moga-hero-power-controller.jpg?1397902939" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> S View wireless charging case (£55) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Samsung hasn&#39;t baked wireless charging into the Galaxy S5 &ndash; but if you&#39;re desperate to free yourself from the tyranny of cables, there is an option. Samsung&#39;s official wireless charging case adds an S View flip cover to a Qi wireless charging back panel, letting you recharge your phone via inductive charging. You also get all the S View functionality found on the standard flip cover.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mobilefun.co.uk/official-samsung-galaxy-s5-s-view-wireless-charging-cover-black-p44068.htm" target="_blank">mobilefun.co.uk</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy S5 S View wireless charging case" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 S View wireless charging case" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-s5-wireless-charging-cover.jpg?1397902939" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung Qi Wireless Charging Pad (£29) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A wireless charging case is no use without something to wirelessly charge it. This little pad uses electromagnetic induction to charge up your S5, and packs an automatic shut-off feature to prevent it from continuing to charge your phone after the battery&#39;s full.</p> <p><a href="http://www.handtec.co.uk/catalogue/barcelona-mwc-2014/samsung-galaxy-s5-wireless-charging-pad-black-ep-pg900ibegww.html" target="_blank">handtec.co.uk</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Qi Wireless Charging Pad" alt="Samsung Qi Wireless Charging Pad" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-wireless-charging-pad.jpg?1397902939" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Bose SiE2 sport headphones (£105) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Samsung&#39;s pitching the Galaxy S5 as a health and fitness device, with a redesigned S Health app and a heart rate sensor. So what better way to make use of S Health than with a pair of sports headphones? Bose&#39;s SiE2 in-ears borrow from the design of its IE2 headphones, augmenting them with sweat and water resistance. Bose&#39;s StayHear tips let you hear outside noise as well as your tunes, so you won&#39;t get run over by a bus on your morning jog. </p> <p>Bear in mind that the supplied armband is a bit small for a Galaxy S5, and that the SiE2s lack the inline remote of the iPhone-oriented SIE2i headphones. Still, you can always control music playback and calls with a suitable smartwatch. Like, say, the&hellip;&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.johnlewis.com/bose-sie2-in-ear-sport-headphones-green-grey/p231690857" target="_blank">johnlewis.com</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Bose SiE2 sport headphones" alt="Bose SiE2 sport headphones" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/bose-sie2.jpg?1397902939" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung Gear 2 Neo (£185) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Yes, you could for out the extra cash for the Gear 2, but the Gear 2 Neo does everything that its pricier brother does, aside from snap comparatively feeble 2MP photos. It also sports a slightly more plasticky build, but if you want to give Smasung&#39;s Tizen-powered smartwatches a try, it&#39;s a good starting point.</p> <p><a href="http://www.samsung.com/global/microsite/gear/gear2neo_features.html" target="_blank">samsung.com</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Gear 2 Neo" alt="Samsung Gear 2 Neo" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-gear-2-neo.jpg?1397902939" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Spigen SGP GLAS.t Nano Slim Screen Protector (£30) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Galaxy S5 may be newly ruggedised, with water and dust resistance carried over from the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/galaxy-s4-active" target="_blank">Galaxy S4 Active</a> &ndash; but bumps and scrapes are still a daily risk.</p> <p>While the phone&#39;s replaceable back means that you don&#39;t have to worry too much about that side of things, the screen is a likely candidate for scratches. This tempered glass screen protector is just 0.23mm thick, and packs the same oleophobic coating used on smartphone screens to prevent smudges. And even if you do smash it, an anti-shatter film will prevent it breaking into dangerous fragments.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mobilefun.co.uk/spigen-sgp-galaxy-s5-glas-t-nano-slim-tempered-glass-screen-protector-p44193.htm" target="_blank">mobilefun.co.uk</a></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-sony-xperia-z2/feature" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Sony Xperia Z2</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Spigen SGP GLAS.t Nano Slim Screen Protector" alt="Spigen SGP GLAS.t Nano Slim Screen Protector" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/gs5-glas.tns_2.jpg?1397902939" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jawbone Era (£65) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Bluetooth headsets may have fallen out of favour, but they&#39;re still very useful gadgets. And in recent years, they&#39;ve become much more refined than the clunky Borg-like appendages of old. The Jawbone Era is a case in point; it&#39;s small, stylish and packed with tech, including noise and wind cancelling, an accelerometer and tap to answer function.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Jawbone-Bluetooth-Headset-Midnight-Perfect/dp/B004PEI2B6" target="_blank">amazon.co.uk</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Jawbone Era" alt="Jawbone Era" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/jawbone-era-bluetooth-headset.jpg?1397902939" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-10"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung Body Scale (£80) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Samsung&#39;s pushing its S Health system heavily with the Galaxy S5, using its battery of sensors to track your fitness. If you want to take things a step further, this Bluetooth-equipped body scale will send your weight measurements straight to the S Health app, saving you the bother of typing them in.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mobilefun.co.uk/samsung-bluetooth-body-scale-p38708.htm" target="_blank">mobilefun.co.uk</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Body Scale" alt="Samsung Body Scale" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-body-scale.jpg?1397902939" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-11"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Ultimate Ears UE Boom (£170) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Bluetooth speakers are ten a penny &ndash; so why drop &pound;170 on one? Well, for one thing this brightly coloured tube of tunes pumps out &quot;weighty and involving sound&quot; (according to our chums at <a href="http://www.whathifi.com/review/ultimate-ears-boom" target="_blank">What Hi-Fi</a>) in a 360-degree radius. And you can link two UE Booms together for stereo sound, using the handy <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.logitech.ueboom" target="_blank">Android app</a>. Plus it&#39;s water resistant &ndash; just like your Galaxy S5.</p> <p><a href="http://www.pcworld.co.uk/gbuk/tv-dvd-audio/audio/portable-audio/portable-speakers/ultimate-ears-boom-wireless-portable-speaker-black-21458778-pdt.html" target="_blank">pcworld.co.uk</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Ultimate Ears UE Boom" alt="Ultimate Ears UE Boom" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ue-boom-bluetooth-speaker.jpg?1397902939" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-12"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung MHL 2.0 HDTV adapter (£25) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This handy gadget lets you plug your phone into an HDMI-equipped TV &ndash; which, since the Galaxy S5 outputs 1080p HD, means that games and videos will look just as good on the big screen as they do on the small one. Perfect if you want to watch Netflix or iPlayer on a hotel room telly.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mobilefun.co.uk/samsung-galaxy-s5-note-3-mhl-2-0-hdtv-hdmi-adapter-p38702.htm" target="_blank">mobilefun.co.uk</a></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-apple-iphone-5s/feature" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Apple iPhone 5s</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung MHL 2.0 HDTV adapter" alt="Samsung MHL 2.0 HDTV adapter" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-mhl-hdmi-adapter.jpg?1397902939" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5-ultimate-setup/feature#comments Galaxy S5 Samsung Smartphones Sat, 19 Apr 2014 10:22:23 +0000 Stephen Graves 1435661 at http://www.stuff.tv Video review: The Samsung Galaxy S5 is the most feature-packed phone on the planet http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/video-review-samsung-galaxy-s5-most-feature-packed-phone-planet/video <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Galaxy S5 boasts fantastic specs and a gorgeous screen – but how does it fare against its high-end Android rivals? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Video review: the Samsung Galaxy S5 is the most feature packed phone on the planet" alt="Video review: the Samsung Galaxy S5 is the most feature packed phone on the plan" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Screen%20Shot%202014-04-18%20at%2018.10.29.png?1397902215" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-3482514087001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="3482514087001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. If you wish to have the player instantiated only after the rest of the HTML is processed and the page load is complete, remove the line. --> <script type="text/javascript">brightcove.createExperiences();</script> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/video-review-samsung-galaxy-s5-most-feature-packed-phone-planet/video#comments Galaxy S5 Samsung Smartphones Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:21:54 +0000 Lucy Hedges 1435734 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung Gear 2 Neo http://www.stuff.tv/gear-2-neo/samsung-gear-2-neo/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Now you can afford a Samsung smartwatch, should you actually buy one? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Gear 2 Neo review" alt="Samsung Gear 2 Neo review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/gear-2-neo-review-wrist.png?1397748746" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sophie-charara" title="View user profile.">Sophie Charara</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Gear 2 Neo is now the cheapest way to get a Samsung smartwatch on your wrist.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s the &lsquo;budget&rsquo; plastic version of Samsung&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gear-2/samsung-gear-2-and-gear-2-neo/review" target="_blank">Gear 2</a>, does 99% of what the more expensive device can do and trims in all the right places while knocking the price down by &pound;70.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £180.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Lightweight but durable </div> <div class="field-item even"> Bright, sharp, colourful screen </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Excellent battery life </div> <div class="field-item even"> On-board music playback </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disappointing app store </div> <div class="field-item even"> Only works with Samsung phones </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Cheaper than Gear 2 but still pricey </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It’s almost identical to the Gear 2 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This is essentially the same device so most of our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gear-2/samsung-gear-2-and-gear-2-neo/review" target="_blank">in-depth Gear 2 review</a> also applies to the Neo. It&rsquo;s the same clear, bright and colourful 1.63in Super AMOLED touchscreen and the same sci-fi functionality. It reliably pulls in email, message and phone notifications from your smartphone via Bluetooth as well as playing music, counting steps and even measuring your heart rate.</p> <p>And best of all, it&rsquo;s the same 300mAh battery (and clip-on charging cradle). As on the Gear 2, battery easily lasts two to three days on one charge. Our Gear 2 Neo dropped around 30% a day unless we really hammered it.</p> <p>There are some differences. There&rsquo;s no camera on the Neo, but that&rsquo;s really no great loss. After the first heady snapping session, we pretty much forgot about using the cam on the Gear 2.</p> <p>We also got on a lot better with the auto screen-on function on the Neo than our Gear 2 unit, which is odd. A flick of the wrist activates the Neo&rsquo;s watchface around nine times out of ten - a significant improvement on the more expensive model.</p> <p>But the Neo is, as with the Gear 2, only compatible with select Samsung phones, while the likes of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pebble/pebble-steel/review" target="_blank">Pebble Steel</a> smartwatch play nice with all iOS and Android phones.</p> <p>And right now there&rsquo;s also a dearth of Gear apps - we really couldn&rsquo;t find anything we wanted to download to our Neo apart from Feedly. For now, Pebble is clearly ahead of Samsung here, with mapping, transport and smart home apps providing plenty of good reasons to jump on the smartwatch bandwagon.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pebble/pebble-steel/review" target="_blank">Pebble Steel review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Gear 2 vs Gear Neo" alt="Samsung Gear 2 Neo review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-Gear-2-Neo-comparison_0.JPG?1397748746" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Neo materials do look and feel a little cheaper" alt="Samsung Gear 2 Neo review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-Gear-2-Neo-comparison-3.JPG?1397748746" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="The Neo loses the camera, but that&#039;s really not a loss" alt="Samsung Gear 2 Neo review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-Gear-2-Neo-comparison-2.JPG?1397748746" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="It&#039;s the same screen on both devices" alt="Samsung Gear 2 Neo review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-Gear-2-Neo-comparison-1.JPG?1397748746" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung Gear 2 Neo tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Operating system</strong> -&nbsp;Tizen-based</p> <p><strong>Screen</strong> - 1.63in Super AMOLED with 320x320 resolution (278ppi)</p> <p><strong>Processor</strong> - 1 GHz dual-core processor</p> <p><strong>RAM</strong> - 512MB</p> <p><strong>Storage</strong> -&nbsp;4GB</p> <p><strong>Sensors</strong> - Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Heart Rate</p> <p><strong>Colours</strong> - Charcoal Black, Mocha Grey and Wild Orange</p> <p><strong>Dimensions/weight</strong> -&nbsp;37.9 x 58.8 x 10mm / 55g</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It looks cheaper because it is </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Gear 2 looks stylish if you squint, but our Mocha Grey Neo has all the charm of an army watch. Sure, the Charcoal Black looks smarter than the grey. But the all plastic build and textured strap still feel cheap against wrists that are accustomed to finer materials.</p> <p>It is durable, comfortable and light - 55g compared to the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gear-2/samsung-gear-2-and-gear-2-neo/review" target="_blank">Gear 2&rsquo;s</a> 64g. And it&rsquo;s waterproof to IP67 standards, too, so showers aren&rsquo;t kryptonite to the Neo.</p> <p>So it all boils down to how much you care about looks. When it comes to smartwatches, we care. The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pebble/pebble-steel/review" target="_blank">Pebble&rsquo;s</a> a bit of a retro throwback, the Gear 2&rsquo;s a bit nerdily blinging, but both are a bit nicer than the halfway house Neo - at least to our eyes. We&rsquo;d say the world is still waiting for that first unequivocally sexy smartwatch. Perhaps it&rsquo;ll be the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iwatch/review" target="_blank">iWatch</a>?</p> <p><strong>READ MORE - <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iwatch/review" target="_blank">Apple iWatch preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The single-button navigation is simple" alt="Samsung Gear 2 Neo review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/gear-2-neo-review-strap.png?1397748746" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="There&#039;s a slight feeling of cheapness to the strap" alt="Samsung Gear 2 Neo review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/gear-2-neo-review-clasp.png?1397748746" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung Gear 2 Neo Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Having said all that about the looks, we&rsquo;d still take the Neo over the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gear-2/samsung-gear-2-and-gear-2-neo/review" target="_blank">Gear 2</a>. Losing the camera really isn&rsquo;t a loss at all, and while the Neo is less premium, the Gear 2 isn&rsquo;t that gorgeous to begin with.</p> <p>&pound;180 is still a load to spend on an accessory for a Galaxy phone, though, and next to the more open, more apptastic <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pebble/pebble-steel/review" target="_blank">Pebble</a> it looks like pretty poor value.</p> <p>Perhaps the bigger problem, though, is <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/8-things-you-need-know-about-android-wear/feature" target="_blank">Android Wear</a>: Google Now-powered smartwatches are coming from <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/meet-android-wear-googles-new-android-platform-wearable-devices/news" target="_blank">LG, Motorola and more</a>, and they certainly look and sound to be a step-up from the current smartwatch crowd. If you must geek out right now, the Neo is the Gear we&rsquo;d get. But we&rsquo;ll be waiting for Wear.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/8-things-you-need-know-about-android-wear/feature" target="_blank">8 things you need to know about Android Wear</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Gear 2 Neo verdict" alt="Samsung Gear 2 Neo review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/gear-2-neo-review-main.png?1397748746" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> smarts </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> battery </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 3 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Better value than the Gear 2, the Neo is a truly geeky accessory for Samsung users - but it&rsquo;s also far from essential</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gear-2-neo/samsung-gear-2-neo/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/gear-2-neo/samsung-gear-2-neo/review#comments Gear 2 Neo Geek accessories Samsung Smartwatches Wearable tech Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:32:27 +0000 Tom Parsons 1435666 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung confirms Galaxy Note 4 redesign and Android Wear watch for later this year http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-confirms-new-galaxy-note-4-design-and-android-wear-watch-later-year/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The South Korean tech giant&#039;s busy schedule shows no signs of letting up </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="604" height="453" title="What will the Note 4 be wearing?" alt="Samsung confirms new Galaxy Note 4 design and Android Wear watch for later this " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/note-3-stylus1_0.JPG?1397714298" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Samsung has confirmed that the upcoming Galaxy Note 4 will arrive with a &#39;new form factor&#39;.</p> <p>Speaking to Reuters, Samsung&#39;s senior vice president of product strategy Yoon Han-Ki didn&#39;t provide any more information on the company&#39;s next generation of super phablet, but we expect a radical change from the current <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-3/samsung-galaxy-note-3/review" target="_blank">Note 3</a>&#39;s faux leather back.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-confirms-new-galaxy-note-4-design-and-android-wear-watch-later-year/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-confirms-new-galaxy-note-4-design-and-android-wear-watch-later-year/news#comments Samsung Smartphones Smartwatches Wearable tech Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:49:49 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1435571 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Apple iPhone 5s http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-apple-iphone-5s/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The eternal battle between Apple and Samsung rages on as we compare both companies’ flagship phones point-by-point </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Apple iPhone 5s" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Apple iPhone 5s" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-iphone-5s-vs-samsung-galaxy-s5.jpg?1397657734" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Their names may be quite similar, but the Apple iPhone 5s and Samsung Galaxy S5 are very different smartphones indeed. If you&rsquo;re thinking of buying one of these two flagships, don&rsquo;t pull the trigger without first consulting our point-by-point comparison (which you&rsquo;ll find by scrolling down the page, by the way).</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iphone-5s/review">Apple iPhone 5s review</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review">Samsung Galaxy S5 review</a></strong></p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Design and build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The days of Apple&rsquo;s iPhones being streets ahead of everything else out there in terms of build quality are over &ndash; but not on account of Samsung. While the HTC One (M8) is arguably better put together than the iPhone 5s, the Samsung Galaxy S5 is a plastic phone with a removeable back. True, it&rsquo;s the best-made plastic phone with a removeable back that Samsung&rsquo;s engineers have produced to date, but it&rsquo;s still a long way behind the 5s (and most other flagship smartphones) when it comes to solidity. Crank up the volume on the S5&rsquo;s speakers, for instance, and the casing will begin to vibrate.</p> <p dir="ltr">All that jazz about the S5 being waterproof? Well, it&#39;s true that you don&rsquo;t have to worry about sending the S5 into a watery grave when you&rsquo;re at the beach. But when you&rsquo;re about to charge the Android smartphone via its microUSB cable? The cover that protects the microUSB port from water will be a real pain to remove. Every. Single. Time.</p> <p dir="ltr">And while we&#39;re talking ergonomics, don&rsquo;t forget: the iPhone 5s&rsquo; Lightning connector plugs in both ways. But on the looks front alone, it&#39;s clear to anyone with a set of functioning eyes and a sense of taste that the iPhone is a better prospect. Samsung may be making great strides in design every generation of smartphone it makes, but Apple has already crossed the finish line.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Winner</strong>: Apple iPhone 5s</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Apple iPhone 5s" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Apple iPhone 5s" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung%20Galaxy%20S5%2001.JPG?1397657734" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" title="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Apple iPhone 5s" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Apple iPhone 5s" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Apple%20iPhone%205s%2001.jpg?1397657734" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">Do we need to say who&rsquo;s the clear winner here? No really, do we have to say it, if we tell you the S5 has a 5.1in display packed with 1920 x 1080 pixels? Oh, by the way, the iPhone 5s sports a 4in screen with 1136 x 640 pixels.&nbsp;Still not convinced who the winner is? Consider the S5&rsquo;s pixel density, raking in 432 pixels per inch while the iPhone 5s doesn&rsquo;t even come close at 326 pixels per inch.</p> <p dir="ltr">Now if we&rsquo;re not spelling this out clearly enough, the S5 uses a Super AMOLED display. You know, the type that treats your eyes to the most fantastic viewing experience even if you hold the phone at a distance. Try doing that on the iPhone 5s. Chances are, you&rsquo;ll be squinting and bringing the phone closer to your eyes. Or maybe your eyes need an upgrade.</p> <p dir="ltr">We know that screen size isn&#39;t everything, but on the numbers alone, the winner is obvious. The iPhone 5s has a good screen. The Galaxy S5 has a fantastic one.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Winner</strong>: Samsung Galaxy S5</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="740" height="555" title="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Apple iPhone 5s" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Apple iPhone 5s" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung%20Galaxy%20S5%2002.jpg?1397657734" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Camera </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If we&#39;re playing the numbers game, this is a round Samsung would seem to have firmly in the bag: the S5 boasts a 16MP rear camera capable of capturing 4K video, while the iPhone 5s has an 8MP sensor and 1080p video capabilities.</p> <p>Of course, there&#39;s more to things than that, and the iPhone takes wonderful shots in almost all conditions (its dual-LED flash helps provide better skin tones at night and indoors) while the Galaxy S5 is more suited to outdoor photography. In good light, the S5 delivers amazing shots time and time again with little need for fiddling or adjusting settings. The iPhone is a better performer in the gloom, but overall we think the S5&#39;s outdoor detail and punch &ndash; not to mention its abilities with 4K video capture &ndash; give it a slight edge here.</p> <p><strong>Winner</strong>: Samsung Galaxy S5</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Apple iPhone 5s" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Apple iPhone 5s" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung%20Galaxy%20S5%2003.JPG?1397657734" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" title="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Apple iPhone 5s" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Apple iPhone 5s" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Apple%20iPhone%205s%2002.JPG?1397657734" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Performance </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">The Galaxy S5 sports Qualcomm&rsquo;s latest 2.5GHz quad-core Krait processor &ndash; a Snapdragon 801, to be precise &ndash; and marries it to 2GB of RAM for impressive all-round performance. Having chucked all manner of apps and games at it, we&#39;ve found it performs near-flawlessly with everything. There&#39;s the occasional stutter when navigating Samsung&#39;s own UI, but nothing we&#39;d call problematic.</p> <p dir="ltr">Apple, meanwhile, touts the virtues of the 64-bit A7 processor in the iPhone 5s. But do you really <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/whats-all-fuss-about-64-bit-smartphones-iphone-5s-and-samsung-galaxy-s5-anyway/feature" target="_blank">need a 64-bit processor</a>? In the long run, yes. But right now, the main purpose of Apple&#39;s 64-bit processor is to power the iPhone&#39;s Touch ID fingerprint sensor.&nbsp;Even without a 64-bit processor, having four cores running at 2.5GHz on the S5 is going to make the iPhone 5s&rsquo; dual-core A7 look like a chump.</p> <p dir="ltr">Theoretically, anyway: it&#39;s difficult to compare two phones that run different operating systems, but we can&#39;t say that the (dual-core, sub-1GB of RAM) 5s performs noticeably poorer than the Samsung S5. We&#39;ll have to call this round a tie, but Apple&#39;s 64-bit talents may give it an edge in the future.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Winner</strong>: Draw</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Apple iPhone 5s" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Apple iPhone 5s" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung%20Galaxy%20S5%2004.JPG?1397657734" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Features </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">Features? The S5 has loads. Wireless charging, check (with an optional case). Siri, we mean, S Voice? Still there. How about Samsung&#39;s famous air gestures that lets you cycle through images without even touching the screen? All included.</p> <p dir="ltr">That fingerprint scanner? True on all accounts. Like the iPhone 5s, the sensor is located on the home button, allowing you to secure the S5 with a swipe of your thumb. It does more, too - Samsung&rsquo;s integrating PayPal payment with the scanner. </p> <p dir="ltr">That heart rate monitor located beside the camera? No more excuse to be a slob, especially when the S5 keeps reminding you to get off your lazy backside.</p> <p dir="ltr">The iPhone 5s, on the other hand, is fairly light on these kinds of bells and whistle. The Touch ID scanner feels slicker than the S5&#39;s equivalent, it&#39;s true, and there&#39;s the M7 motion coprocessor that can track activity even when the phone is &quot;asleep&quot; &ndash; but aside from that there&#39;s little to differentiate it from the iPhone 5 it replaces.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Winner</strong>: Samsung Galaxy S5</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Apple iPhone 5s" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Apple iPhone 5s" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung%20Galaxy%20S5%2005.JPG?1397657734" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iphone-5s-fingerprint_0.JPG?1397657734" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Battery life </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">2800mAh versus 1560mAh. If only it was this simple to determine the winner based on numbers. While the S5&rsquo;s battery is nearly twice as large as the iPhone 5s, don&rsquo;t rule out the fact that the Android smartphone is a hungry hungry hippo with its larger screen, more pixels, and all those power-consuming features that run in the background. </p> <p dir="ltr">However, Samsung has packed in a power-saving mode that, by shutting off non-essential functions and transforming the colour screen to a greyscale one &ndash; will last for a full day on standby mode, even when you only have 10 per cent of your power left.&nbsp;Any phone that lasts for more than a day, in our books, is a winner. And that&#39;s even before you consider the S5&#39;s removeable battery, which means you can buy a second one and swap them out to give you even more on-the-go usage.</p> <p><strong>Winner</strong>: Samsung Galaxy S5</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Apple iPhone 5s" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Apple iPhone 5s" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung%20Galaxy%20S5%2006.JPG?1397657734" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> UI </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">It&rsquo;s the classic Android versus iOS match-up. The S5 has none of the limitations that the iPhone 5s imposes on its users. You can freely transfer files between the S5 and your desktop or laptop. It has loads of apps on the Google Play Store, and at times, exclusive apps only available on Samsung devices. Everything that&rsquo;s great about the Android interface gets bumped up with more customised features to give you easier access.</p> <p dir="ltr">But it can get overwhelming. Samsung has traditionally packed its phones with bloatware that complicates the user experience. Its calendar app, for example, is a far cry from the simple UI on the stock Android interface. Samsung&#39;s customised apps, meant to integrate the features of the phone, add too much to the table (that said, we&#39;ve found TouchWiz on the S5 to be its best iteration yet, and Samsung has streamlined things to a welcome degree &ndash; it&#39;s still not as clean as stock Android or iOS, but it&#39;s getting there).</p> <p dir="ltr">On the other hand, for iDevices, even when it comes to wireless file transfers, you&rsquo;ll need to use AirDrop. Apps are curated before they even make it into the App Store. Say all you want about the Apple&rsquo;s restrictive measures on iOS, it works if you&rsquo;d rather be told what you can or can&rsquo;t do with iOS.</p> <p dir="ltr">It&#39;s a matter of personal choice which you prefer, but for most day-to-day users, the certainty that the curated App Store offers will likely make the difference between Android and Apple. </p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Winner</strong>: Apple iPhone 5s</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Apple iPhone 5s" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Apple iPhone 5s" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Apple%20iPhone%205s%2003.JPG?1397657734" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The iPhone 5s is a wonderful smartphone &ndash; and still the best choice for anyone who can&#39;t bring themselves to part with iOS &ndash; but when looked at side-by-side with the Samsung Galaxy S5, the latter wins out. A bigger, clearer, brighter screen; longer battery life; a larger crop of features that you won&#39;t find on any other handset &ndash; the S5 has many advantages over Apple&#39;s flagship, and thus we&#39;re happy to say it&#39;s overall the better of the two phones. But with Apple due to unveil the 5s&#39; successor before the year is out, don&#39;t be surprised if the pendulum swings back in Cupertino&#39;s favour soon.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten" target="_blank">Top 10 best smartphones in the world</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Apple iPhone 5s" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Apple iPhone 5s" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung%20Galaxy%20S5%2007.jpg?1397657734" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Galaxy S5 vs iPhone 5s </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple vs Samsung: the battle of the flagships </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> Android Apple Galaxy S5 iOS iPhone 5S Samsung Smartphones Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:18:51 +0000 Will Findlater 1432871 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung Gear Fit http://www.stuff.tv/samsung-gear-fit/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung&#039;s new wearable is Fit by name, but not by nature </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Gear Fit" alt="Samsung Gear Fit wearable tech fitness tracking smartwatch review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung-gear-fit-wearable-fitness-tracker-review-hands-on-016.jpg?1397657477" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/fraser-macdonald" title="View user profile.">Fraser Macdonald</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Remember life before fitness bands? Those innocent days when tracking your health meant counting how many pints you&#39;d downed that week and timing how long it took you to walk to the curry house?</p> <p>Well they&#39;re long gone. In fact there are so many fitness bands on the market now, we need someone to invent a fitness tracker tracker just to, er, keep track of them.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £170.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">6 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Unique curved screen </div> <div class="field-item even"> Light weight </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Good battery life </div> <div class="field-item even"> music control and notifications </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Unresponsive screen </div> <div class="field-item even"> Unreliable heart-rate tracking </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Awkward ergonomics </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> No, it&#039;s not the Gear 2 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Gear Fit&#39;s not the only new wearable Samsung&#39;s thrusting on to an already crowded marketplace - you might also be aware of its flashy cousins the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gear-2/samsung-gear-2-and-gear-2-neo/review">Gear 2</a>&nbsp;and Gear 2 Neo. Both are proper smartwatches, with the ability to run apps, make calls and, in the case of the Gear 2, take photos.&nbsp;</p> <p>Given that both can also track your heart rate and count your steps,&nbsp;why would you choose a Gear Fit over the other two? Maybe it&#39;s the lure of that curved screen. Or, maybe it&#39;s a simple money thing; after all, the Gear 2 is a full &pound;80 more expensive than the Fit.</p> <p>But then again, the Neo is the same price as the Fit, and all it loses over the Gear 2 is the metal finish and the camera - while retaining the IR remote capability, the heart rate sensor, the built-in music player and the S Voice control for your phone.</p> <p>We&#39;d also question why you&#39;d want the Gear Fit over any of the other fitness bands out there - the excellent <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/multi-sport/fitbit-flex/review">Fitbit Flex</a>, for instance, which is &pound;90 cheaper and will work with more than just Samsung phones.</p> <p>Ah, so it&nbsp;<em>was</em>&nbsp;that curved screen after all. You tart.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gear-fit/mwc-2014/video-samsung-gear-fit-hands-review/video">Samsung Gear Fit hands-on review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="4128" height="2322" title="The Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit. Wearing all three might be overkill" alt="Samsung Gear Fit wearable tech fitness tracking smartwatch review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-gear-fit-wearable-fitness-tracker-review-hands-on-009_0.jpg?1397657477" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sweet dreams </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Whatever your initial reason for buying the Fit over the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gear-2/samsung-gear-2-and-gear-2-neo/review">Gear 2</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gear-2/mwc-2014/samsung-gear-2-and-gear-2-neo-hands-review/feature">Gear 2 Neo</a>, here&#39;s another one: it&#39;s really light - a mere 27g, to the Gear 2&#39;s 68g and Neo&#39;s 55g. Numbers blah - it really feels a lot lighter too. Putting on one of the Gears feels like putting on a watch, whereas a Fit&rsquo;s presence is soon entirely forgotten.</p> <p>This is important if you&rsquo;re planning to wear the Fit in bed &ndash; it doesn&rsquo;t watch you or smell you like some of the more advanced sleep trackers, but it will give you basic time asleep and movement feedback. So long as you&rsquo;ve remembered to activate the Sleep app before power-down, that is. Who&rsquo;s a clever post-human? You are.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Gear Fit is light enough not to disturb your sleep" alt="Samsung Gear Fit wearable tech fitness tracking smartwatch review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-gear-fit-wearable-fitness-tracker-review-hands-on-003.jpg?1397657477" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung Gear Fit - tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Display:</strong> 1.84in curved Super AMOLED (128x432)</p> <p><strong>OS:</strong> Tizen-based OS</p> <p><strong>Connectivity:</strong>&nbsp;Bluetooth 4.0</p> <p><strong>Ruggedness:</strong>&nbsp;IP67 (water resistant 1m for 30 mins)</p> <p><strong>Sensor:</strong> Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Optical Heart Rate Sensor </p><p><strong>Colours:</strong> black, brown, orange</p> <p><strong>Battery:</strong>&nbsp;210mAh, Typical Usage 3-4 days</p> <p><strong>Dimensions:</strong>&nbsp;23.4x57.4x11.9mm, 27g</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Walk the walk? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Come the morning, you&rsquo;ll want to make sure the Pedometer app is running. If it&rsquo;s still on from yesterday then you&rsquo;re fine, but it doesn&rsquo;t start automatically, for example, when you close the Sleep app.</p> <p>The Pedometer is the app that will track your movement all day, and is the chief source of data that you might want to compare your activity from day to day. Set a daily step goal and go for an ice cream when the goal complete notification vibes up on your wrist. There&rsquo;s no altitude sensor, mind, so you won&rsquo;t get Fitbit-style &lsquo;floors climbed&rsquo; feedback.&nbsp;</p> <p>More precise event tracking comes by firing up the Exercise app, which can be set to Walking, Running, Cycling or Hiking. This brings in the heart-rate sensor and allows you to set specific distance, time or effort goals. The difference between walking and hiking? Kendal Mint Cake, we think. Oh, and Hiking, like the Cycling option, takes GPS data from your connected smartphone to calculate distance and speed. Which makes some kind of sense given that the accelerometer is redundant for bike riding. Slightly less for hiking, unless your walking boots are extremely plushly cushioned. Either way, successful data recording depends on your keeping your phone somewhere where it can still get a decent GPS reading. Which slightly takes the fun out of having a wearable.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Run, Fraser, run!" alt="Samsung Gear Fit wearable tech fitness tracking smartwatch review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-gear-fit-wearable-fitness-tracker-review-hands-on-002.jpg?1397657477" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In Running mode, you have the option to activate Firstbeat coaching that, by watching your heart rate, actively encourages you to speed, slow down or maintain your pace. We had mixed results with this.</p> <p>One run in particular, the Fit completely panicked after just five minutes of a 30-minte run, telling me repeatedly to slow down, then reporting that I had completed my &lsquo;Moderate&rsquo; goal. It seems likely that this sporadic accuracy is to do with the heart rate sensor failing to get an accurate reading &ndash; on-screen prompts guide you to keep the Fit off the wrist bone, but that&rsquo;s exactly where it likes to sit once you start pounding down the pavement. No ultra-marathoneer, me, but a recorded max heart rate of 211bpm seems unlikely.</p> <p>On the whole, despite on-screen prompts, this is not an intuitive exercise device. Full instructions are available as a PDF from Samsung&rsquo;s support site and you might well have to swallow your pride and download them.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/multi-sport/fitbit-flex/review">Fitbit Flex review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Fit&#039;s Cycling mode needs GPS data from your phone" alt="Samsung Gear Fit wearable tech fitness tracking smartwatch review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-gear-fit-wearable-fitness-tracker-review-hands-on-006.jpg?1397657477" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> CURVES IN ALL THE WRONG PLACES </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There&rsquo;s more bad news, which we&rsquo;ve been hiding from you until now. You know that fancy curved OLED screen? It&rsquo;s a pig to use. There, we said it.</p> <p>Pertinent to the subject in hand &ndash; exercising &ndash; it&rsquo;s too sensitive to accurately scroll or select while you&rsquo;re breathing hard or still on the move. This isn&rsquo;t helped by the fact that the icons of the top menu are similarly styled to those in the sub-menus so a miss-press error is difficult to diagnose.</p> <p>Swiping and scrolling and sweating and trying to diagnose the aforementioned coaching glitch, I realised I had walked into the middle of a mob of Royal Parks stags. There was death in their eyes and blood on their antlers and although I survived, another park user called me an &lsquo;idiot&#39;. At that point I was about as annoyed with a gadget as I get.</p> <p>That&rsquo;s not to say that the Fit&rsquo;s screen isn&rsquo;t clear. The OLED tech is crispy, despite its 128x432 pixel specification. You can choose from a variety of wallpapers that help readout as much as they look pretty, and the brightness is adjustable. There&rsquo;s no ambient light sensor-powered auto-adjust, though.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="That&#039;s some lovely wallpaper there..." alt="Samsung Gear Fit wearable tech fitness tracking smartwatch review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-gear-fit-wearable-fitness-tracker-review-hands-on-019.jpg?1397657477" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> FEATURES </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Battery life seems to be within Samsung&rsquo;s claimed 3-4 days, certainly after the first week&rsquo;s excited prodding has passed. Be careful not to lose the Fit&rsquo;s proprietary charging cradle, though or you are, as they say, fubar.</p> <p>You can choose what wrist you have your Fit on, and you can have it turn on automatically when you rotate said wrist. This works as you would want it perhaps half the time. Sometimes you turn your wrist for the screen to remain resolutely blank; moments later you notice it glowing away to itself unbidden.</p> <p>A couple of times it auto-activated in the shower &ndash; it&rsquo;s IP67 rugged &ndash; and the water on the screen sent it into a fit of ghost menu scrolling and app activation. We turned that feature off in the end. Neither of us was enjoying it.</p> <p>A recent firmware update gave you the ability to change between landscape and portrait screen orientation. Landscape view suits the device and long-form text flows better, but it&rsquo;s awkward to read. Portrait is more natural to manipulate, but the text wrap goes all to pieces.</p> <p>You might ask, what is this &lsquo;text&rsquo; are we reading on the Fit? Actual SMS texts, we might answer, and emails and notifications. Almost any app that can flash up on your phone&rsquo;s notification bar can also trigger a vibrating alert on your Fit watch. The first couple of sentences can be scrolled through, before it prompts you to continue reading on your mobile device. (Everything to do with the Fit and its phone app refers to your &lsquo;mobile device&rsquo;, not &lsquo;phone&rsquo;. It gets irritating after a while. Surely the Fit is also a mobile device?)</p> <p>Hit the continue button and your phone will light up and act on the notification, with varying levels of success depending on what else your phone is up to at the time. The Gear Fit Manager has a screen for selecting (and then deselecting) which of your phone&rsquo;s apps get to ping your Fit.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review">Samsung Galaxy S5 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="You&#039;ll need to connect the Gear Fit to a Samsung phone to make it work..." alt="Samsung Gear Fit wearable tech fitness tracking smartwatch review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-gear-fit-wearable-fitness-tracker-review-hands-on-018.jpg?1397657477" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="..and if you lose the charging cradle, you&#039;re in trouble" alt="Samsung Gear Fit wearable tech fitness tracking smartwatch review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-gear-fit-wearable-fitness-tracker-review-hands-on-017.jpg?1397657477" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Other functions of the Fit include Find My Device that launches a ringtone and lights up the LED on your phone. Plus, there are stopwatch and timer apps in addition to the always-on clock app. And, finally, the Media Controller, which works damn well. Play, pause, skip and volume without getting your phone out of your pocket, as well as the name of the currently playing track. It&rsquo;ll work with media apps other than the standard Samsung music player, too, though it&rsquo;ll often keep scrolling the name of the last played track on the official app, rather than, say, the podcast you are now listening to in Podkicker.</p> <p>You can reject incoming calls, or send a pre-programmed text message. Speaking of apps, that&rsquo;s currently a functionality disconnect between the Fit, the Gear Fit Manager app and Samsung&rsquo;s S Health app &ndash; with the latter tending to record its own pedometer reading despite input from the Fit. This is worse on last-gen Samsung devices, such as the Note 3, which has a less clever Manager app for the wearable. All of which, we&rsquo;ve been told by Samsung, will be upgraded, updated and fixed in the near future.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Music!" alt="Samsung Gear Fit wearable tech fitness tracking smartwatch review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-gear-fit-wearable-fitness-tracker-review-hands-on-005.jpg?1397657477" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> VERDICT </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>When we first saw the Samsung Gear Fit, we saw a light, wearable fitness device with a unique curved screen and the ability to work seamlessly with Samsung phones. What we got was a light, but quite bulky, wearable device. It has a curved screen that&rsquo;s as irritating to use as it is cool to look at. It&rsquo;s a fitness device that works via a new-fangled optical heart rate sensor that we don&rsquo;t trust, compared to the battered heart-rate strap we&rsquo;ve been using for years. It does not, as yet, work seamlessly with Samsung devices.</p> <p>That&rsquo;s the bah humbugs. We do like getting notifications straight to the wrist, especially while wandering about the house while the phone is charging somewhere. Controlling music playback is a boon, especially given the inability of most headphone remote buttons to do anything useful. Plus, it tells the time, and the date, and what your next calendar event is. And although the curved screen doesn&#39;t always work, it does look cool.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/wearable-tech/top-ten">The 10 best wearable gadgets in the world right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Here&#039;s hoping the Gear Fit 2 will be better" alt="Samsung Gear Fit wearable tech fitness tracking smartwatch review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-gear-fit-wearable-fitness-tracker-review-hands-on-020.jpg?1397657477" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> battery </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 5 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> features </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Looks great, but doesn&rsquo;t play so well. There are, and there will be, too many other winner wearables to recommend this one</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung Gear Fit review </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung-gear-fit/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/samsung-gear-fit/review#comments Gear Fit Health and fitness Samsung Smartwatches Wearable tech Tue, 15 Apr 2014 10:37:39 +0000 Marc McLaren 1435417 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung Galaxy K Zoom with 20MP camera and 10x optical zoom will launch on 29 April http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-galaxy-k-zoom-20mp-camera-and-10x-optical-zoom-will-launch-29-april/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A cameraphone? Or a phonecamera? Either way, it&#039;ll put true zoom powers in your pocket </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="747" height="560" title="Spelling cringe" alt="Samsung Galaxy K Zoom with 20MP camera and 10x optical zoom will launch on 29 Ap" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung-galaxy-k-invite.jpg?1397526390" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Samsung has outed an invitation to an event on 29 April for a device which is expected to be the latest addition to its Galaxy Zoom smartphone camera range.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>One look at a leaked photo of the Galaxy K Zoom shows that it lacks the dimpled plastic back of the Galaxy S5. Instead, it opts for a faux leather finish, somewhat similar to that of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-3/samsung-galaxy-note-3/review" target="_blank">Galaxy Note 3</a>, but thankfully without the tacky fake stitching.</p> <p>KZoom&#39;s sources have previously told the site that the K Zoom will be noticeably thinner than the bulky Galaxy S4 Zoom and that the lens will be much better hidden.</p> <p>Reported specs point to a 4.8in 720p display, 2GB of RAM and either a 1.3GHZ Samsung Exynos Hexa processor or a 1.6GHz quad-core offering.</p> <p>That&#39;s all we know for the time being, but we won&#39;t have too long to wait until Samsung officially reveals all the details in Singapore.</p> <p>[<a href="http://kzoom.simplesite.com/363768783" target="_blank">KZoom</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/SamsungMobile/status/455512813121724416/photo/1" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, via<a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/04/14/samsung-event-singapore-galaxy-k-zoom/" target="_blank"> Engadget</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="832" height="624" title="See the S5 resemblance?" alt="Samsung Galaxy K Zoom with 20MP camera and 10x optical zoom will launch on 29 Ap" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/galaxy-k-leak.jpg?1397526390" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-galaxy-k-zoom-20mp-camera-and-10x-optical-zoom-will-launch-29-april/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-galaxy-k-zoom-20mp-camera-and-10x-optical-zoom-will-launch-29-april/news#comments Samsung Smartphones Mon, 14 Apr 2014 10:03:34 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1435416 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Sony Xperia Z2 http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-sony-xperia-z2/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Two titans of tech - but which has made the better smartphone? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Samsung Galaxy S5 (left) and Sony Xperia Z2" alt="Which smartphone? Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Sony Xperia Z2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/s5-vs-z2-main.jpg?1397311197" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy S5</a>. The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-xperia-z2/review" target="_blank">Sony Xperia Z2</a>. Two new flagship smartphones, both running Android, both pulsing with quad-core power &ndash; and each claiming to be the handset that&rsquo;ll win your heart and steal your soul (for the duration of a 24-month contract, at least).</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Design and build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A tough round. Let&rsquo;s start with build quality. Both the S5 and Z2 are built to withstand the caprices of the British climate, being fully waterproof (to IP67 standard in the case of the S5, IP55 for the Sony) &ndash; but there the similarities end.</p> <p>The Samsung Galaxy S5 has, like previous Galaxy S series phones, a removable rear panel (which lets you get to the swappable battery and additional storage), but despite this it feels solid enough. We say &ldquo;enough&rdquo; because, while there&rsquo;s not much flex or creakiness here, if you crank up the speaker loud enough you can hear this back panel vibrating like a frightened puppy in a snowstorm. Not what we&rsquo;d expect from a flagship phone ideally. And yet, despite the heavy reliance on plastic (sorry, polycarbonate), the S5 is the most solidly made phone Samsung has ever produced.</p> <p>The build quality of the Sony Xperia Z2 allows for no such bad vibrations. Glass and metal seemingly fuse together into a seamless block. This is more like it, you might think, but there&rsquo;s something that feels a bit wrong here, and it&rsquo;s not the solidity &ndash; it&rsquo;s the size and shape, with the big old blockiness of the Z2 making it uncomfortable to hold in one hand compared to the S5.</p> <p>In terms of looks, the Sony walks all over the Samsung. No surprises there: despite steadily improving the appearance of the Galaxy S series, Samsung is forever struggling to design a truly desirable phone.&nbsp;The Z2, on the other hand, is tasteful and understated &ndash; almost as ravishing as an iPhone 5s.</p> <p>That said, we&rsquo;re going to give this round to the S5 &ndash; just. While the Z2 has the beating of it in aesthetics and solidity, its size and shape are just too much to get past, especially considering the similarity in screen sizes.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: Samsung Galaxy S5</strong></em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-galaxy-s4-eight-reasons-upgrade/feature" target="_blank">8 reasons to upgrade to the Samsung Galaxy S5</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Blue dimples versus sleek glass" alt="Which smartphone? Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Sony Xperia Z2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/build_0.jpg?1397311197" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The two handsets are similarly kitted-out when it comes to displays. The Galaxy S5 boasts a 5.1in 1080p Super AMOLED screen (that&rsquo;s 432ppi, pixel density fans), while the Sony Z2 offers a 5.2in 1080p LCD screen (424ppi) with Sony&rsquo;s proprietary Live Colour LED tech.</p> <p>The Samsung&rsquo;s screen delivers brilliant brightness (making it easy to read outdoors) and vivid colours, while the Sony is adept at punchy contrast and fine detail, and has remedied the poor viewing angles of the Z1 to ensure images retain their impact even with off-axis viewing. It&rsquo;s a little less bright than the Samsung, though, which makes outdoor viewing less of a strength.</p> <p>We&rsquo;re calling this one a tie. While the screens don&rsquo;t offer the same picture, both produce lovely images in their own right &ndash; and we can&rsquo;t say with any certainty that one is better than the other overall.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: Draw</strong></em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/sony-xperia-z2-tablet/review" target="_blank">Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Both phones feature 1080p wonder-screens" alt="Which smartphone? Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Sony Xperia Z2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/screen_0.jpg?1397311197" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Camera </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Samsung S5&rsquo;s 16MP camera is ideal for everyday shooting. It has a remarkably swift autofocus &ndash; quite possibly the quickest we&rsquo;ve seen on a phone in fact&nbsp;&ndash; and in good lighting it produces shots with accurate colour, punchy contrast and fine detail. It also comes with an effective new HDR mode that helps to deliver good results where there&rsquo;s both bright and dark areas to shoot. In low light, however, it&rsquo;s merely acceptable, with more grain than a couple of jars of French mustard creeping in.</p> <p>The Sony Z2&rsquo;s 20.7MP camera is in another league altogether, however. It&rsquo;s probably, in fact, the best camera ever seen on a smartphone, focusing accurately and at speed and producing stills with more detail, more accurate exposure and punchier contrast than the S5. It also works better in dim conditions, although not quite as effectively as the HTC One (M8). You may have to wrestle a little with its manual controls to get the best possible shots, but put in the work and you&rsquo;ll end up with images no other phone can match (with the possible exception of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nokia-lumia-1020/review" target="_blank">Nokia Lumia 1020</a>).</p> <p>Both phones can shoot 4K and 1080p video. The Z2 has an alarming tendency to heat up during 4K filming and abruptly stop after a couple of minutes, but Sony is working on a fix for this; the Samsung suffers no such problems.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: Sony Xperia Z2</strong></em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gear-2/samsung-gear-2-and-gear-2-neo/review" target="_blank">Samsung Gear 2 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Sony Z2 is probably better at taking photos than your compact camera" alt="Which smartphone? Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Sony Xperia Z2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/camera_0.jpg?1397311197" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Performance </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Both smartphones boast the quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor (the Z2&rsquo;s clocked at 2.3GHz, the S5&rsquo;s at 2.5GHz), while the Z2 rocks 3GB of RAM to the S5&rsquo;s 2GB.</p> <p>Benchmark-wise, the Samsung scored 29,730 in AnTuTu, while the Sony achieved 32,504; on Geekbench 3 the Samsung edges it with 2551 to the Sony&rsquo;s 2489. In real-world performance, both are blazingly quick phones that tear through the trickiest of tasks with barely a stutter. Neither is without its minor issues, however. The Sony Z2 gets disconcertingly warm very quickly, while the Samsung S5 exhibits the occasional bit of lag.</p> <p>On the storage front, the Sony comes with 16GB of storage, while Samsung offers a choice between 16GB and 32GB; Both support microSD cards, allowing you to add up to 128GB of extra space.</p> <p>All told, we&rsquo;re inclined to call this one a dead heat again. The Sony is a mite less laggy, while the Samsung offers the most storage and less unwanted toastiness.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: Draw</strong></em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/10-best-apps-sony-xperia-z1-compact/feature" target="_blank">The 10 best apps for the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Sony&#039;s 4K mode tends to turn the heat up" alt="Which smartphone? Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Sony Xperia Z2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-review-camera-features_0.png?1397311197" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Battery life </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Samsung has maintained its removable battery stance with the S5, so you can buy extra 2800mAh cells to ensure long trips don&rsquo;t leave you phone-less. A single battery charge will last you a full day with normal use, and the helpful Ultra Power Saving Mode will ditch unnecessary apps and services and even turn the screen to grayscale in order to eke out the last dregs of a fading battery.</p> <p>The Z2&rsquo;s non-removable battery has a 3200mAh capacity but doesn&rsquo;t deliver noticeable longer life than the S5. It also offers Sony&rsquo;s own Stamina mode to preserve use.</p> <p>This round is neck-and-neck when it comes to how the phone deals with a single battery, but due to the fact you can swap the S5&rsquo;s dead cells for a fresh one, we&rsquo;ve got to hand the points to Samsung.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: Samsung Galaxy S5</strong></em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/google-nexus-5-long-term-test/feature" target="_blank">Galaxy S5? You&#39;ll never tempt me away from my Nexus 5</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Look! A removeable battery" alt="Which smartphone? Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Sony Xperia Z2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-s5-battery.jpg?1397311197" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> UI </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Both phones run the Android 4.4 KitKat operating system with a few of their manufacturer&rsquo;s tweaks on top.</p> <p>The S5 comes with the latest version of Samsung&rsquo;s TouchWiz UI, and it&rsquo;s the best yet, doing away with most of the bloatware and sporting a much cleaner look. It can be a little overwhelming at times, however, with over-populated menus leading to some confusion.</p> <p>Sony has kept things simpler with the Z2. It&rsquo;s almost the &#39;pure&#39; Android 4.4 that you&rsquo;d see on one of Google&rsquo;s own Nexus devices, and to be honest most people will prefer that to Samsung&rsquo;s TouchWiz meddlings, however much it might have improved &ndash; it&rsquo;s cleaner, neater and less confusing.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: Sony Xperia Z2</strong></em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g2/htc-one-m8-vs-lg-g2/feature" target="_blank">HTC One (M8) vs LG G2</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Sony goes for a cleaner Android experience" alt="Which smartphone? Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Sony Xperia Z2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-xperia-z2-review-Android_0.png?1397311197" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Features </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Xperia Z2 doesn&rsquo;t have much in the way of &#39;marquee&#39; or unusual features, with Sony seemingly content to rely on its design, performance and key stuff such as the camera and waterproofing to attract attention. The one standout we would highlight? The front-facing stereo speakers, which mean impressive audio without the need for headphones.</p> <p>The Galaxy S5, on the other hand, comes packed to the gills with bells and whistles: as well as all the eye- and gesture-tracking tech that debuted with the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-s4/review" target="_blank">Galaxy S4</a>, there are new additions including the fingerprint scanner (not as slick as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iphone-5s/review" target="_blank">iPhone 5s</a>&rsquo;, but still handy both for screen unlocking and approving mobile payments) and the health-based features. With a heart-rate monitor built into the S5, it&rsquo;s easy to become addicted to seeing how your activity affects your pulse &ndash; and that&rsquo;s a handy way to make yourself fitter.</p> <p>No doubt about this round: the S5 walks it.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: Samsung Galaxy S5</strong></em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/htc-one-m8-vs-iphone-5s/feature" target="_blank">HTC One (M8) vs Apple iPhone 5s</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The S5&#039;s heart-rate monitor in action" alt="Which smartphone? Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Sony Xperia Z2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-s5-heart-monitor.jpg?1397311197" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While both the Sony and Samsung are fantastic examples of flagship smartphones and neither will let you down, we feel that the Samsung edges out its rival by a small but noticeable margin. The Xperia Z2 might be prettier, more solidly put together and capable of capturing better photos, but most people will find the Galaxy S5 an easier phone to live with day-to-day, thanks to its hand-friendlier design, features and extras such as a replaceable battery.</p> <p>But don&rsquo;t forget that there are other new phones out there to consider too. Before making any buying decisions, you&#39;ll want to find out how the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-htc-one-m8/feature" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy S5 fares against the HTC One (M8)</a>, and to check out our list of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten" target="_blank">top 10 smartphones in the world</a>.</p> <p><em><strong>Overall winner: Samsung Galaxy S5</strong></em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-htc-one-m8/feature" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8)</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten" target="_blank">The 10 best smartphones in the world right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Sony Xperia Z2" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Sony Xperia Z2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/galaxy-s5-vs-xperia-z2-1_1.jpg?1397311197" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-sony-xperia-z2/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Galaxy S5 Samsung Smartphones Sony Xperia Z2 Fri, 11 Apr 2014 17:27:04 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1435299 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung Galaxy S5 prices: where to get the best UK deals http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5-prices-where-get-best-uk-deals/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Galaxy S5 hits shelves today, so we&#039;ve rounded up the best deals to keep you and your wallet happy. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy S5 prices: where to get the best UK deals" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 prices: where to get the best UK deals" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung-galaxy-s5-01_0.jpg?1397210576" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>So you&rsquo;ve read our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy S5 review </a>and decided it&rsquo;s going to be your next smartphone. Congratulations! But where do you go for the best deal? Well, you can start right here on this page.</p> <p>We&rsquo;ve scoured the web for all the UK deals on the new flagship, so brew yourself a nice cup of char and peruse at your leisure&hellip;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review">Samsung Galaxy S5 review</a></strong></p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> SIM-free </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You can buy the Galaxy S5 <a href="http://www.samsung.com/uk/consumer/mobile-devices/smartphones/android/SM-G900FZKABTU">direct from Samsung UK</a>, where it&rsquo;s priced at &pound;580, while&nbsp;<a href="http://www.carphonewarehouse.com/mobiles/mobile-phones/SAMSUNG_GALAXY_S5/HANDSET?intcmp=S5lp_viewdealSimfree_280314">The Carphone Warehouse</a> is offering it for a tenner less at &pound;570.</p> <p>The cheapest SIM-free price we&#39;ve seen is over at <a href="http://www.clove.co.uk/samsung-galaxy-s5" target="_blank">Clove</a>, where it&#39;s available for &pound;522, and stock is expected to land from 14 April.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> EE </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://shop.ee.co.uk/mobile-phones/pay-monthly/samsung-galaxy-s5-charcoal-black/details?selectedPlanCode=X14M24T16&amp;bundleNo=1#choosePlanAnchor" target="_blank">EE</a>&nbsp;is offering 5GB of 4G data (along with unlimited calls and texts) on a &pound;40 per month, two year contract. The S5 will set you back &pound;90 too.</p> <p>If you don&#39;t want to fork out that much a month then you can pony up a hefty &pound;260 for the handset itself, which gives you&nbsp;a monthly fee of &pound;33, but that&rsquo;ll only get you 4GB of data.</p> <p>Oh, and here&rsquo;s a nice bonus: if you already pre-ordered an S5 before 10 April, EE will give you a return flight to selected European destinations.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> O2 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="https://www.o2.co.uk/shop/phones/samsung/galaxy-s5-black/">O2</a> has the S5 for &pound;43 per month with no upfront payment and 5GB of data, which we think is the best deal out of all the tariffs it offers.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Three </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.three.co.uk/Discover/Devices/Samsung/Galaxy_S5?tab=Design.&amp;memory=16&amp;colour=Charcoal_Black" target="_blank">Three</a> stands out from the crowd by offering 4G to all its customers at no extra charge, and the network&rsquo;s offering a pretty sweet deal on the S5: &pound;30 upfront, &pound;41 a month and unlimited data. Should you want to pay less per month, there&rsquo;s a &pound;38 per month deal (same &pound;30 upfront fee) that comes with either unlimited data and 600 minutes, or vice versa.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Virgin Media </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://store.virginmedia.com/virgin-media-mobile/pay-monthly-phones/samsung-galaxy-s5-black/samsung-galaxy-s5-black-tariffs.html?filters=1" target="_blank">Virgin</a> is offering its customers the Galaxy S5 for &pound;100 on a two year &pound;37 per month contract, which includes 2GB of data. If you want unlimited data then the monthly cost rises to &pound;41. If you&#39;re not a virgin customer then the prices shoot up to &pound;47 a month for 2GB of data and &pound;51 a month for unlimited data, so you&#39;d probably be better off looking elsewhere.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Vodafone </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you like the gold then <a href="http://shop.vodafone.co.uk/shop/catalog/compatiblePlanListView.jsp?dependantSkuIds=sku6000087&amp;phoneType=post&amp;skuType=phoneSku&amp;selection=&amp;from=phoneSku&amp;initialFilters=flt_paymonthly&amp;_requestid=12312" target="_blank">Vodafone</a>&#39;s the way to go, as it&#39;s the only network currently offering the S5 in Au.</p> <p>If you don&rsquo;t want to pay a penny upfront, <a href="http://www.vodafone.co.uk/samsung/Pay-monthly-GALAXY/index.htm">Vodafone</a> could be your best bet. The network&rsquo;s offering a &pound;37 a month plan (with unlimited texts and calls and 2GB of data) with no upfront payment. If you want 4G access, however, you&rsquo;ll have to pay a little more: a good deal is &pound;42 per month with no upfront cost, which gets you 4G and 5GB of data.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten" target="_blank">The 10 best smartphones in the world right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> Galaxy S5 Samsung Smartphones Fri, 11 Apr 2014 10:02:58 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1434504 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung Gear 2 http://www.stuff.tv/gear-2/samsung-gear-2-and-gear-2-neo/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Will Samsung&#039;s second plunge into the smartwatch sea bring it success? We strap in to find out </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Gear 2 review" alt="Samsung Gear 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Main%20choice.JPG?1397748945" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Let&#39;s be honest. The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-gear/samsung-galaxy-gear/review" target="_blank">original Galaxy Gear</a> was hardly Samsung&rsquo;s proudest moment. It wasn&rsquo;t exactly a looker, it was laggy, and the battery life left a lot to be desired.</p> <p>Couple that with its &pound;300 price tag and it&rsquo;s no wonder it was immediately overshadowed by the likes of the excellent <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pebble-smartwatch/review" target="_blank">Pebble</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pebble/pebble-steel/review" target="_blank">Pebble Steel</a>.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £250.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Solid metal build with customisable straps </div> <div class="field-item even"> Bright, sharp colour display </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Excellent battery life </div> <div class="field-item even"> On-board music playback </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Notifications handled well </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Auto-screen on feature needs tweaking </div> <div class="field-item even"> Hardly any apps </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Pricey for a smartwatch </div> <div class="field-item even"> Only works with select Samsung devices </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A welcome makeover </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It doesn&#39;t matter how clever a wearable device is - if it&#39;s ugly then you won&#39;t want to use it. No one wants to be the subject of amused smirks in a train carriage.</p> <p>Thankfully Samsung has considerably improved the original Galaxy Gear&#39;s design, and you won&#39;t be ashamed to wear the Gear 2 in public.</p> <p>There have been a few subtle millimetres shaved off here and there and the overall design is much cleaner than the original. It&#39;s got a thinner clasp and the pimple-like protrusion for the camera has been banished to design hell.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Gear 2&#039;s styling is a vast improvement over the original Galaxy Gear" alt="Samsung Gear 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Gear-2-Smartwatch-Build-7.JPG?1397748945" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="The camera&#039;s now flush with the body" alt="Samsung Gear 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Gear-2-Smartwatch-Build-8.JPG?1397748945" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="The home button&#039;s easy to find with a finger" alt="Samsung Gear 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Gear-2-Smartwatch-Build-6.JPG?1397748945" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="Gear 2 vs Galaxy Gear" alt="Samsung Gear 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Gear-2-Smartwatch-Original-Gear-Comparison.JPG?1397748945" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There is still a camera but it&#39;s now embedded into the watch face itself, sitting flush at the top alongside an IR blaster. It&#39;s a massive improvement, as is the removal of the power button on the side.</p> <p>Samsung has instead opted for a home button on the front, which turns the screen on and off in addition to firing up a chosen app with a double tap.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Can you tell which is which?" alt="Samsung Gear 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Gear-2-Smartwatch-Original-Gear-Comparison-1.JPG?1397748945" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Turn it around and you&#39;ll notice the charging pins, along with what initially appears to be another camera lens.</p> <p>Thankfully wrist selfies aren&#39;t a thing (yet). What you&#39;re looking at is a heart rate sensor, similar to the one found on the rear of the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review" target="_blank">Galaxy S5</a>&nbsp;and underside of the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tomtom/tomtom-multi-sport-cardio-hands-review/feature" target="_blank">TomTom Multi-Sport Cardio</a>. That means no more uncomfortable chest straps while you&#39;re out pounding the pavement on your lunchtime runs.</p> <p>Strapped on, the Gear 2 is light and unobtrusive, as any good watch should be, and the strap should accommodate most wrists without any problems. But while the metal construction of the Gear 2 is solid, the plastic strap is noticeably creaky in quiet environments. It can be swapped it out for any standard 20mm watch strap, though.</p> <p>The Gear 2 is also IP67 rated, meaning it can survive temporary submersion in up to 1m of water for thirty minutes. Most importantly that means it won&rsquo;t cost you &pound;250 when you wash the sleep from your eyes during your morning shower and realize you&rsquo;re still wearing your watch.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gear-2/samsung-gear-2-vs-pebble-steel-weigh/feature" target="_blank">Samsung Gear 2 vs Pebble Steel: the weigh-in</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Charging cradle pins and hear rate sensor" alt="Samsung Gear 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Gear-2-Smartwatch-Build-13_0.JPG?1397748945" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="The plastic strap is a little creaky, but you can swap it out for any standard strap of your choice" alt="Samsung Gear 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Gear-2-Smartwatch-Build-9.JPG?1397748945" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Display of affection </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Gear 2 retains its predecessor&#39;s 1.63in 320x320 AMOLED display and text and icons are sharp and easy to read.</p> <p>While it guzzles more power than the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pebble/pebble-steel/review" target="_blank">Pebble&#39;s</a> E Ink screen, we definitely prefer its rich colours and sharp text to the Pebble&#39;s pixellated monochrome alternative (even it does have a certain retro charm all of its own).</p> <p>It&#39;s slathered in Gorilla Glass 3, too, so accidental knocks and scrapes shouldn&rsquo;t pose much of a problem.</p> <p>We&rsquo;ve been using the Gear 2 with the display brightness set to low levels without any problems, and there&rsquo;s an outdoor mode that cranks the brightness up for a short period if you&rsquo;re struggling to make out what&rsquo;s on the screen.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The 1.63in 320x320 AMOLED is unchanged" alt="Samsung Gear 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-Gear-2-Screen-1.JPG?1397748945" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Outdoor Mode temporarily raises the brightness if you&#039;re struggling to see the screen outside" alt="Samsung Gear 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-Gear-2-Screen.JPG?1397748945" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Set up and charging </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The majority of wearable devices are largely useless if they&rsquo;re not paired to a smartphone, and the Gear 2 is no exception. Annoyingly, Samsung has once again restricted compatibility to its own devices, which is hugely limiting, especially when compared to the likes of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pebble/pebble-steel/review" target="_blank">Pebble</a> (which works with both iOS and Android devices) and the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartwatch/sony-smartwatch-2/review">Sony Smartwatch 2</a>, which plays nice with all Android phones.</p> <p>Currently, 18 Samsung devices including the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review" target="_blank">Galaxy S5</a>, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-3/samsung-galaxy-note-3/review" target="_blank">Note 3</a>, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-galaxy-note-2/review" target="_blank">Note 2</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-s4/review" target="_blank">S4</a> are supported, and we can&rsquo;t see Samsung opening up the Gear 2 to other Android devices anytime soon. Boo.</p> <p>Setting up the Gear 2 itself is simple enough. You&rsquo;ll need to download the Gear Manager app from the Samsung app store, and we recommend choosing the more traditional manual Bluetooth pairing method as opposed to the trickier NFC pairing option that requires the attachment of a cradle.</p> <p>That&rsquo;s right: The dreaded cradle is back.</p> <p>The original Gear shipped with a hideously huge charging cradle that we dubbed Big Bertha.</p> <p>Thankfully, Bertha&rsquo;s hit Weight Watchers and dropped quite a few dress sizes, and she&rsquo;s much easier to clip on and off.</p> <p>We&rsquo;d still prefer an in-built microUSB port, though, as you&rsquo;ll be stuck for power if you&rsquo;re out and about without the charging cradle.&nbsp;Still, the Gear does look cleaner without any ports, and we can see why Samsung&rsquo;s stuck to its guns from a design point of view.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy S5&nbsp;review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The charging cradle is back, but it&#039;s slimmer than before" alt="Samsung Gear 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-Gear-2-Smartwatch-Charger.JPG?1397748945" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A frustrating time </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You&rsquo;ll be glad to hear that the Gear 2 tells the time. To increase its battery life, the screen remains off until the in-built accelerometer detects that you&rsquo;ve flicked your wrist up to look at the watch face.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s a sensible solution &ndash; after all, there&rsquo;s no need for the display to be on if you&rsquo;re not looking at it &ndash; but in practice the Gear 2&rsquo;s sensors are far from perfect.</p> <p>Seven times out of ten we were forced to press the home button to manually turn on the screen to check the time, which is a massive pain, especially when one hand isn&rsquo;t free.</p> <p>It can be very frustrating, and we&rsquo;ve received many an odd stare while frantically shaking our wrists in a desperate attempt to wake the screen from its slumber.</p> <p>This is something that could be easily remedied by a sensitivity update, and we&rsquo;d quite like to see an option for the Gear 2 to learn your individual wrist glance motions to avoid frustration in future. Here&#39;s hoping.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The screen is supposed to wake when you move your wrist, but it&#039;s pretty patchy" alt="Samsung Gear 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-Gear-2-front-1.JPG?1397748945" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung’s going it alone </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Before we get into what the Gear 2 can actually do, we should point out that Samsung has kicked Android to the curb in favour of its own Tizen-based operating system.</p> <p>Perhaps one day we&rsquo;ll look back on this as the start of the Samsung break away from Google to make its own claim for the mobile OS throne. Or perhaps not, but for now we&rsquo;re happy to report that Samsung&rsquo;s OS is actually a massive improvement over that of the original Gear.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s far slicker to use and much faster without any hiccups or lag, which can also be attributed to the slightly faster 1GHz processor gracing its insides.</p> <p>Thanks to the home button, navigation is simpler this time around. Swiping left and right takes you through the app screens, while swiping down takes you back a screen. You can reshuffle the icons by holding them down for a few seconds and dragging them, as you would on a smartphone.</p> <p><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="500" scrolling="no" src="//instagram.com/p/mqQRzPpjc2/embed/" width="500"></iframe></p> <p>The majority of the Gear 2&rsquo;s settings are taken care of by Samsung&rsquo;s Gear Manager app, which lets you cycle through the different clock face styles and lets you select custom wallpapers.</p> <p>You can keep things simple with a standard digital clock face, or chuck in weather and pedometer widgets if you want more than just the time at a glance.</p> <p>The Gear 2 is more than just a fancy techy timepiece, though...</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The majority of the Gear 2’s settings are taken care of by Samsung’s Gear Manager app" alt="Samsung Gear 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-Gear-2-Smartwatch-app.JPG?1397748945" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Notifications and messaging </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Notifications are the bread and butter of the smartwatch spread, and the Gear 2 handles them very well.</p> <p>While the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-gear/samsung-galaxy-gear/review" target="_blank">original Gear</a> suffered from delays, the Gear 2 pushes new emails and text messages to your wrist instantly.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s incredibly useful and a great way to filter junk emails and unimportant messages - doing so while walking down the high street in the morning without ever having to slip your phone from your pocket is an immense, geeky pleasure.</p> <p>Obviously the Gear 2&rsquo;s screen is too small to actually reply to messages with an on-screen keyboard, so you have the option to open up the message on your connected device.&nbsp;You can also choose from a pre-set list of replies, or attempt to craft a reply using S Voice, although you should be prepared for a fair amount of unintentionally dodgy word substitutions and misspelling if you go with the latter.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Gear 2 does notifications well" alt="Samsung Gear 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-Gear-2-notifications.JPG?1397748945" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1080" height="1920" title="Voice recognition could do with a bit of work" alt="Samsung Gear 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-Gear-2-messaging.jpg?1397748945" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don’t be a Dick (Tracy) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>S Voice is far more useful for commands such as &lsquo;call home&rsquo;, but unless you want to look like a sci-fi weirdo who talks to his watch that&rsquo;s best done only when you&rsquo;ve got mic-enabled headphones in.</p> <p>If you don&rsquo;t even want to bark voice commands at the Gear 2 then you can manually dial numbers or scroll through a list of contacts instead.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="You&#039;ll probably use the keypad more than the voice control" alt="Samsung Gear 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-Gear-2-Phone.JPG?1397748945" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung Gear 2 specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Display:</strong> 1.63&rdquo; Super AMOLED (320 x 320)</p> <p><strong>Dimensions:</strong> 36.9 x 58.4x 10.0 mm, 68g;</p> <p><strong>Processor:</strong> 1.0GHz dual-core processor</p> <p><strong>Memory: </strong>512MB + 4GB storage</p> <p><strong>Battery:</strong> 300mAh internal; Typical Usage 2~3 days, Low Usage up to 6 days</p> <p><strong>Connectivity:</strong> Bluetooth 4.0, IR</p> <p><strong>Water resistance: </strong>Rated IP67 (one meter for 30 minutes)</p> <p><strong>Camera:</strong> 2MP, 720p 30fps video&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>OS: </strong>Tizen-based OS</p> <p><strong>Sensors:</strong> Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Heart Rate</p> <p><strong>Colours: </strong>Charcoal Black, Gold Brown and Wild Orange</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Play that funky music </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In addition to controlling music playback on your connected device, the Gear 2 can store tracks locally, thanks to 4GB of on-board storage.</p> <p>You&rsquo;ll need the charging cradle to connect the Gear 2 to a PC via its USB port, but once that&rsquo;s done it&rsquo;s as easy as dragging and dropping without having to install any proprietary software. Nicely done.</p> <p>Its built-in speakers are actually surprisingly decent for a watch, but unless you want to be <em>that guy</em> on the train, you&rsquo;ll definitely want to opt for Bluetooth headphones instead.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s a very welcome feature and it&rsquo;ll come in very handy for listening to music while you&rsquo;re out for a run and can&rsquo;t be bothered to cart around your hulking great phone.</p> <p>Speaking of which...</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="There&#039;s built-in storage for your music" alt="Samsung Gear 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-Gear-2-Music.JPG?1397748945" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-10"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Health tracking </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Samsung is no stranger to the fitness tracking bandwagon, and as with the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review" target="_blank">Galaxy S5</a>, the Gear 2 has a heart rate sensor on its rear.</p> <p>Apart from checking how nervous are, recording your heart rate can be a useful addition to your training arsenal as it can help you see whether or not you need to increase or decrease your effort levels.</p> <p>You can choose to automatically track your heart rate while logging your runs, walks and cycles in the built-in exercise app, or you can use the dedicated heart rate app to check it manually.</p> <p>The good news is that when it works it produces very accurate results. The bad news is that it doesn&rsquo;t always work. Too often we found ourselves having to adjust the position of the Gear 2 slightly and take multiple measurements.</p> <p>We&#39;d recommend strapping the Gear 2 a little tighter to your wrist before logging a workout to ensure that it has sufficient contact with your skin to measure your heart rate.</p> <p>The Gear 2 also doubles up as a pedometer and it works as well as any wrist-based step tracker we&#39;ve used. But as is the case with its peers, it&#39;s not perfect. We got into our car with zero steps on the clock and after a 15-minute drive, the Gear 2 registered 17 steps.</p> <p>Of course wrist movements and false steps plague all fitness bands, and in the grand scheme of things, a few hundred false step counts aren&rsquo;t going to make much difference in the ten thousand or so we all take each day.</p> <p>The Gear 2 naturally integrates all of this exercise, step and heart rate data into Samsung&#39;s own S Health app, which lets you analyse your stats in addition to logging calories on your connected device.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tomtom/tomtom-multi-sport-cardio-hands-review/feature" target="_blank">TomTom Multi-Sport Cardio hands-on</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Keep calm and keep training" alt="Samsung Gear 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-Gear-2-Smartwatch-App.JPG?1397748945" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="It&#039;s not going to count many steps lying down like that" alt="Samsung Gear 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-Gear-2-Smartwatch-Pedometer.JPG?1397748945" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-11"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> An acceptable camera, if you really need it </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Gear 2&#39;s camera won&#39;t be a priority for most users and we didn&#39;t find much use for it beyond impressing and/or repelling various people at the pub.</p> <p>Still, if you&#39;ve forked out the extra cash over the camera-less <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gear-2-neo/samsung-gear-2-neo/review" target="_blank">Gear 2 Neo</a> then you probably won&#39;t be disappointed - yes, it&#39;s only 2MP. No, it doesn&#39;t have a flash. But it&#39;s a camera that&#39;s built into a watch, and its perfectly acceptable for what it is.</p> <p>You can shoot pictures in the Gear 2&#39;s native square aspect ratio or opt for more traditional 16:9 or 4:3 shots if you prefer.</p> <p>Photos are naturally not the sharpest and they&rsquo;re next to useless in dim light, but well-lit shots are perfectly acceptable for the likes of Facebook.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="500" mozallowfullscreen="" msallowfullscreen="" oallowfullscreen="" src="https://www.flickr.com/photos/99712217@N05/13766601825/in/set-72157643768229995/player/" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="500"></iframe></p> <p>The Gear 2&#39;s camera should ideally be used for spontaneous shots as it&#39;s quicker to fire up than whipping out your phone. A 2MP photo of a subject worth shooting is better than no photo at all, after all.</p> <p>720p video recording is also present and it could come in quite handy for espionage situations such as recording the number plate of that car that just knocked you off your bike. Or, you know, your cat drinking from the tap.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The camera isn&#039;t special. Well, apart from the fact that it&#039;s on a flaming watch!" alt="Samsung Gear 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Gear-2-Smartwatch-Samsung-Galaxy-Gear-2-Smartwatch-Camera.JPG?1397748945" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-12"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Casio throwback </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The fun doesn&#39;t stop at cameras and hear rate sensors, though. The Gear 2 has gone all 90s with a built in IR blaster that lets you control TVs and set-top boxes with an in-built remote app.</p> <p>Setup is as easy as choosing the brand of TV and firing out some test commands. The range isn&#39;t as impressive as a dedicated remote, but you should still be able to haunt a few pub tellies with it.</p> <p>We rarely found a use for it beyond impressing our circle of techhead friends, but if your dad&#39;s fallen asleep with the remote in his hands and Newsnight&#39;s on then it could be a life saver.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Is this the coolest universal remote ever?" alt="Samsung Gear 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-Gear-2-Smartwatch-TV-Remote.JPG?1397748945" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-13"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Brilliant Battery </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Next to looks, battery life is the most important thing for most smartwatch users. We&#39;ve got enough tech to charge everyday without throwing another device onto the pile, and a smartwatch that needs charging daily is simply not good enough.</p> <p>Despite having a slightly smaller battery than the original <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-gear/samsung-galaxy-gear/review" target="_blank">Gear</a>, we&#39;re happy to report that battery life on the Gear 2 is excellent and beats the original&rsquo;s by miles.</p> <p>We haven&#39;t had to charge it once since we received it. At the time of writing, it&#39;s on 36% and it&#39;s been connected to our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-3/samsung-galaxy-note-3/review" target="_blank">Galaxy Note 3</a> for a solid 36 hours and counting. Impressive stuff.</p> <p>That&#39;s around three days of use if you baby the battery and two and a half to two days of fairly heavy use, and the constant connection didn&#39;t seem to affect the Note 3&#39;s battery levels at all.</p> <p>While its still not up there with the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pebble/pebble-steel/review" target="_blank">Pebble&rsquo;s</a> endurance, we&#39;d pick three days and a higher resolution colour screen any day.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pebble/pebble-steel/review" target="_blank">Pebble Steel review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Gear 2&#039;s battery is good for about three days" alt="Samsung Gear 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-Gear-2-Smartwatch-Battery.JPG?1397748945" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-14"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Spot the apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>One area in which the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pebble/pebble-steel/review" target="_blank">Pebble</a> does trounce the Gear 2 in is apps. One of our original complaints with the first Galaxy Gear device was its lack of apps, and the Gear 2 has even fewer.</p> <p>Naturally any new operating system faces this problem and we expect app numbers to rise once the Gear 2 has been out for some time, but it&#39;s still disappointing for those early buyers.</p> <p>There&#39;s a smattering of software and watchfaces currently available from the Samsung store, hardly any of which are worth actually downloading.</p> <p>Having said that, we recommend checking out <a href="http://www.mobilesrepublic.com/appygeek-en/" target="_blank">Appy Geek</a> if you do happen to pick up a Gear 2. It&#39;s a tech-focused news reader that pushes entire stories straight to the Gear 2.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="There just aren&#039;t enough apps for the Gear 2 yet" alt="Samsung Gear 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-Gear-2-smartwatch-apps.JPG?1397748945" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Readers are surprisingly easy to, umm, read on the Gear 2" alt="Samsung Gear 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-Gear-2-smartwatch-2.JPG?1397748945" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-15"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Gear 2 is an improvement over its predecessor in every single way. It&#39;s better built, faster, more useful, and has surprisingly good battery life to boot, which is why it&#39;s earned an extra star. There&#39;s functionality here that you will get use out of every day.</p> <p>But it&#39;s not without its faults. The auto screen-on sensitivity needs tweaking, the app store is lacking, and it only works with select Samsung devices. And it&rsquo;s &pound;250.</p> <p>And then of course, there&#39;s the looming shadow of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/8-things-you-need-know-about-android-wear/feature" target="_blank">Android Wear</a>. Google-powered smartwatches like the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/meet-android-wear-googles-new-android-platform-wearable-devices/news" target="_blank">Moto 360</a>&nbsp;look stunning, and they promise to offer more functionality than the Gear 2 - or any other current smartwatch for that matter.</p> <p>Promising contextually useful information powered by Google Now (not to mention turn-by-turn navigation),&nbsp;Android Wear&nbsp;smartwatches look set to bring powers to your wrist that could prove truly useful.</p> <p>Buying a smartwatch like the Gear 2 now, just before the storm hits, echoes a time when people prematurely bought HD-ready TVs just before 1080p became widespread. Our advice? Wait just a little while longer to avoid buyer&#39;s remorse later on.</p> <p>Still, if you&#39;re a die-hard Samsung fan who wants the excellent screen and notification features of the Gear 2 <em>right now</em>, you won&#39;t be disappointed. We recommend taking a peek at the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gear-2-neo/samsung-gear-2-neo/review" target="_blank">Gear 2 Neo</a>&nbsp;&ndash; it doesn&rsquo;t have a camera and it&rsquo;s slathered in plastic, but it&#39;s substantially cheaper at &pound;180.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gear-2-neo/samsung-gear-2-neo/review" target="_blank">Samsung Gear Neo review</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/wearable-tech/top-ten" target="_blank">the 10 Best Wearable Gadgets in the World right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Gear 2 review" alt="Samsung Gear 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Gear-2-Smartwatch-Build-10.JPG?1397748945" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="The Gear 2 Neo (right) - plastic build and lacks a camera, but a better option for most" alt="Samsung Gear 2 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-Gear-2-Neo-comparison.JPG?1397748945" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> battery </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> features </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 3 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Camera </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 5 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>An improvement in every way, the Gear 2 is an impressive smartwatch that&#39;s sadly still shackled to Samsung&#39;s ecosystem</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gear-2/samsung-gear-2-and-gear-2-neo/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Gear 2 Gear 2 Neo Health and fitness Samsung Smartwatches Wearable tech Thu, 10 Apr 2014 22:35:06 +0000 Tom Parsons 1433304 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is expected to be revealed in September http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/ifa-2014/samsung-galaxy-note-4-expected-be-revealed-september/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Note 4 rumours surrounding a launch at IFA 2014 have sprung up like clockwork </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="And so it begins..." alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is expected to be revealed in September" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/note-3-stylus1.JPG?1397184582" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Stuff&#39;s <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy S5 review </a>has only recently landed, but already the rumour mill is turning its attention to its large brother, the Galaxy Note 4.</p> <p>Unsurprisingly, the latest rumours point to a reveal at IFA 2014, which is set to kick off on 5 September.&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/ifa-2014/samsung-galaxy-note-4-expected-be-revealed-september/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/ifa-2014/samsung-galaxy-note-4-expected-be-revealed-september/news#comments Android IFA 2014 Samsung Smartphones Thu, 10 Apr 2014 11:40:29 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1435203 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Galaxy S4 - eight reasons to upgrade http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-galaxy-s4-eight-reasons-upgrade/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Galaxy S4&#039;s a great phone, but the S5&#039;s even better. Here are eight reasons to consider upgrading (and three reasons to stick with what you&#039;ve got) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Galaxy S5 (left) and Galaxy S4" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 - reasons to upgrade from Samsung Galaxy S4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-s4_0.jpg?1397123031" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Admit it - you&#39;re looking at your <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-s4/review" target="_blank">Galaxy S4</a> in a new light since the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review" target="_blank">Galaxy S5</a> arrived.</p> <p>Don&#39;t worry, we all get phone envy from time to time - and never more so than when a new flagship arrives to knock yours down a notch in the smartphone pecking order.</p> <p>So should you upgrade from the S4 to the S5? Or are you better off sticking with what you&#39;ve got? Here are our findings.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/marc-mclaren" title="View user profile.">Marc McLaren</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 1) It&#039;s toughened up </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Both phones may be crafted from beautiful slabs of the finest, er, plastic, but where the S4 was prone to creaking and flexing under pressure, the S5 feels far more robust. It&#39;s also waterproof and dustproof to the IP67 certification - which, according to Samsung, means it&#39;s safe from &quot;rain, liquids, sand, dust and sweat&quot;. Quite why anyone would sweat all over their phone is a mystery to us, as is why rain and sweat aren&#39;t considered liquids anyway. But there&#39;s no denying that this is A Good Thing for a phone to be.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5-mini/samsung-galaxy-s5-mini/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Galaxy S5 is tougher" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 - reasons to upgrade from Samsung Galaxy S4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-s5-and-s4-cameras_0.jpg?1397123031" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 2) It&#039;s easier on the eye(s) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Two things to bear in mind here - firstly, the S5&#39;s far more physically attractive than the S4, particularly in its Charcoal Black variety. Not attractive in an <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review" target="_blank">HTC One (M8)</a> way, maybe, but certainly more pleasant to spend time with than its predecessor, thanks to its metal-look edges and dimpled back. Secondly, it also has a nicer screen. Now in pure spec terms the S4 has a higher pixel density than the S5 (441ppi to 432ppi), but despite that, we prefer the newer phone&#39;s screen: it&#39;s brighter, text is crisper and colours seem just a little more vibrant.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The S5&#039;s screen is a beauty" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 - reasons to upgrade from Samsung Galaxy S4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_review_42_2.jpg?1397123031" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 3) It&#039;s joined the 4K club </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>How important this is to you will depend on whether you have a 4K television or not. What&#39;s that? You don&#39;t have a 4K TV and don&#39;t know anyone who does? Well never mind - you&#39;ll keep your new S5 for at least a year, and by this time next year 4K TVs will be a lot more affordable. And that&#39;ll mean you&#39;ll be able to shoot 4K video on your phone and watch it on your TV, thus making up for the fact that there&#39;s barely any content yet available in 4K anyway.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="4K FTW!" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 - reasons to upgrade from Samsung Galaxy S4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_review_70_1.jpg?1397123031" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 4) It has more megapixels </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Three more, to be precise - giving it a total of 16MP to the S4&#39;s 13MP (see, we knew our maths GCSE would come in handy one day). That means you can crop into photos more drastically, helping to make up for the fact that the camera lacks an optical zoom. That&#39;s not the only improvement to the camera, either: it also focuses far more quickly and has a nifty post-shot &#39;Selective focus&#39; feature which genuinely works.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5-zoom/samsung-galaxy-s5-zoom-snapped-wild/news" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy S5 Zoom is snapped in the wild</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The S5&#039;s camera now has 16 megapixels to play with" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 - reasons to upgrade from Samsung Galaxy S4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_review_38.jpg?1397123031" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 5) It&#039;s finger friendly </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Yes, we know the S4 had a touchscreen too, but it didn&#39;t have a fingerprint scanner, did it? Well the Galaxy S5 does, and it can do more than just unlock your phone - authorise payments for Samsung apps or PayPal transactions, for instance, or access private files. Hopefully Google Play access will follow soon - being able to pay for all new apps with a press of the finger would be a mighty cool feature.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-htc-one-m8/feature" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8)</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Give it the finger..." alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 - reasons to upgrade from Samsung Galaxy S4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-s4-fingerprint.jpg?1397123031" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6) It doesn&#039;t stutter (quite as much) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>One of the big disappointments with the S4 was that despite packing a quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor, it stumbled and stuttered far more often than we&#39;d have liked. Not when doing the hard stuff such as playing the latest 3D games, bizarrely, but when performing simple tasks such as moving around home screens and closing galleries. Crazy. Still, the S5, with its Snapdragon 801 chip, doesn&#39;t appear to suffer to quite the same extent - it&#39;s not flawless, but it trips up far less frequently. Just as importantly, TouchWiz - the Samsung skin which sits over Android 4.4 KitKat - has been stripped back and simplified, making it easier to use. When combined with the bug-free operation, the whole user experience feels far slicker on the S5.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/google-nexus-5-long-term-test/feature" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy S5? You&#39;ll never tempt me away from my Nexus 5</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="TouchWiz is now a far slicker experience" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 - reasons to upgrade from Samsung Galaxy S4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_review_31.jpg?1397123031" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7) It tears through downloads </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The S5 has a new feature called Download Booster, and you can probably guess from its name what it does. That&#39;s right - it&#39;s a social media app for a heavy metal festival. Not really. Download Booster boosts your downloads by using both 4G and Wi-Fi simultaneously where possible. We say &#39;where possible&#39; because you&#39;ll obviously need both a Wi-Fi connection and 4G sim for that to work. But even if you&#39;re still stuck on 3G, the fact that the S5 has 802.11ac and 2X2 MIMO wireless tech should speed up your connection.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Quicker downloads are ALWAYS a good thing" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 - reasons to upgrade from Samsung Galaxy S4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-s4-download-booster.jpg?1397123031" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8) It&#039;s roomier </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Both the S4 and S5 have expandable memory via microSD card, but where the S4 can only handle a maximum of 64GB, the S5 will take a 128GB card. Alright, so a 128GB microSD card will set you back at least &pound;100 - a 64GB card can be had for about &pound;30. One caveat: Android 4.4 KitKat changed the way that apps work with external storage in order to improve security. The result is that you won&#39;t necessarily&nbsp;be able to copy all of your apps on to your microSD card; some will work, some won&#39;t. But music, videos, photos etc - they&#39;ll all be fine. And if you&#39;ve got a serious Spotify offline-syncing habit, 64GB won&#39;t go far.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc-one-m8-vs-htc-one-six-reasons-upgrade/feature" target="_blank">HTC One (M8) - six reasons to upgrade</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="You can up the S5&#039;s storage by 128GB - on the S4 it&#039;s 64GB" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 - reasons to upgrade from Samsung Galaxy S4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_review_11_2.jpg?1397123031" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 1) But... it&#039;s harder to hold </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Although the S5&#39;s screen is a mere 0.1in larger, the handset itself is noticeably bigger in the hand. If you&#39;re small handed - or just don&#39;t want to risk ever dropping your phone - you might be better sticking with the S4.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The S5 is a physically bigger handset" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 - reasons to upgrade from Samsung Galaxy S4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung-Galaxy-S4-vs-Samsung-Galaxy-S5-screen_0.jpg?1397123031" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 2) It&#039;s no night owl </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>For some reason, Samsung&#39;s got rid of the Night Mode from the S5&#39;s camera, instead suggesting that you use the Picture Stabilisation mode in low light. That&#39;s fine - but the option to turn it on is hidden within a menu, and if you didn&#39;t know that&#39;s what it was for you&#39;d never guess.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Wherefore art thou, Night Mode?" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 - reasons to upgrade from Samsung Galaxy S4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_review_75.jpg?1397123031" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-10"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 3) It&#039;ll cost you </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The new Galaxy S5 will set you back &pound;525, SIM-free, and if you&#39;re anything like us, you don&#39;t have that kind of money lying around. The S4&#39;s price will only go down from here - whether on contract or SIM-free - so sticking with last year&#39;s tech could be good for your wallet. Us? We&#39;d always choose the &#39;spend money we don&#39;t have on shiny gadget&#39; option, but then we&#39;re irresponsible.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy S5 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Save money or upgrade?" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 - reasons to upgrade from Samsung Galaxy S4" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-s5-colours_0.jpg?1397123031" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-galaxy-s4-eight-reasons-upgrade/feature#comments Android Galaxy S4 Galaxy S5 Samsung Smartphones Wed, 09 Apr 2014 17:40:32 +0000 Marc McLaren 1435135 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8) http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-htc-one-m8/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The first two of 2014&#039;s flagship phones are here – but which should you buy? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The HTC One (M8) and Samsung Galaxy S5 square up" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-htc-one-m8-01.jpg?1397653233" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Deciding which smartphone to upgrade to is the hardest thing in the world. Seriously - it&#39;s on a par with naming your firstborn, or deciding which pizza to go for after a night on the town.</p> <p>Well, your choice just got even tougher - because the first of 2014&#39;s flagship smartphones have arrived, in the form of the&nbsp;Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC One (M8).</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/marc-mclaren" title="View user profile.">Marc McLaren</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> DESIGN AND BUILD </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>At first glance, there&#39;s only one winner here. The HTC One (M8) is a truly beautiful thing - all brushed metal, subtle curves and precision-engineered speaker grilles. It&#39;s a bigger phone than its predecessor the HTC One, and might have lost a smidgeon of design flair due to its rounded edges, but at the same time that makes it more comfortable in the hand.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Galaxy S5 could never really be described as beautiful. Striking, maybe. Practical, definitely. But not beautiful in the way that the M8 is. For starters, it&#39;s a wholly plastic affair, and while Samsung&#39;s wisely given it a nice, grippy back, it just doesn&#39;t feel like the kind of lovely <em>objet d&#39;art</em> that you&#39;ll be wanting to fondle at every opportunity. Neither is it as solid as it might be - sure, it doesn&#39;t creak in the way that the S4 did, but pump up the volume through the built-in speakers and you&#39;ll hear the back vibrating.</p> <p>Live with the phones for a few days and the Samsung closes the gap a little. The fact that it&#39;s water- and dustproof to IP67 is a major bonus given how often we drop our phone down the toilet (that&#39;ll teach us to play games when we should be, uh, attending to our business), while the removable battery could be useful on long journeys. It&#39;s also shorter than the M8 but no wider and has a bigger screen - those expertly milled speaker grilles on the HTC may look nice, but they sure do increase the bezel size.</p> <p>Overall though, we&#39;ve got to give this category to the M8. It&#39;s one of the best looking and best built phones we&#39;ve seen, and any owner of one will be proud.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: HTC One (M8)</strong></em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/10-best-apps-htc-one-m8/feature" target="_blank">10 of the best apps for the HTC One (M8)</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The HTC One (M8) is a truly beautiful thing" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/M8_PerRight_GunMetal.jpg?1397653233" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="The Samsung Galaxy S5: plastic fantastic?" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-s5-three-quarter_0.jpg?1397653233" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> SCREEN </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Ooh, this is a close one. The HTC One (M8)&#39;s had a major spec bump from the original One, getting a 5in full HD screen where its predecessor had to make do with a 4.7in effort. A pixel density of 441ppi is high enough that you really won&#39;t notice the individual pixels, and both text and icons are incredibly sharp. It&#39;s plenty bright enough, serves up vibrant colours and has excellent viewing angles, with our only minor gripe being that the palette tends a little towards the green side.</p> <p>Despite the S5&#39;s slightly smaller shell, Samsung&#39;s managed to find space for a slightly bigger 5.1in Super AMOLED display. Like the M8 it has a 1920x1080 resolution, giving it a pixel density of 432ppi; you won&#39;t notice any difference between them on that front. What you might notice is quite how bright and vibrant the S5 is - it&#39;s superb for outdoor viewing, adjusts cleverly to different lighting conditions and doesn&#39;t fade even when viewed at extreme angles.&nbsp;</p> <p>Ultimately, we can&#39;t choose between them - they&#39;re both too good to be losers in this round.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: draw</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Samsung&#039;s screen is a stunner..." alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_review_42_1.jpg?1397653233" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="...but the HTC&#039;s is gorgeous too" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/HTC_One_M8-review-blinkfeed_4.jpg?1397653233" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> POWER </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Another close call here. Both these phones are powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor and 2GB of RAM, with the only difference being that the S5&#39;s core is clocked at 2.5GHz to the M8&#39;s 2.3GHz. In our tests, the M8 achieved a massive AnTuTu score of 36,149, with the S5 racking up&nbsp;29,730.</p> <p>All of which is great, without necessarily telling us a lot about how they fare in the real world.&nbsp;</p> <p>Well, both phones tear through the latest 3D games and both play full HD videos without a flicker of protest. The S5 makes more obvious use of its power through software features such as Multi Window, but the M8 seems a little slicker when scrolling through home screens and opening apps and widgets. So, given that you&#39;ll likely be doing a lot more of the latter than the former, we&#39;re going to give this round to the M8.&nbsp;</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: HTC One (M8)</strong></em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3/review" target="_blank">LG G3 preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The HTC racks up a massive score on AnTuTu" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/HTC_One_M8-review-lockscreen_4.jpg?1397653233" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Battery </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There&#39;s more than one type of power, of course, and the S5 has the advantage when it comes to battery life. </p> <p>Inside that shell you&#39;ll find a&nbsp;2800mAh cell, which in standard Android flagship fashion lasts for a full day&#39;s use. It&#39;s not quite up there with the LG G2 for longevity, but the&nbsp;new Ultra Power Saving Mode helps: switch it on and 30% of battery will last another 3.3 days. Even with a mere 4% it&#39;ll survive the half hour until you get home. What&#39;s more, the battery is swappable. Now we don&#39;t know how many people actually buy a spare battery and carry it around with them for emergencies, but&nbsp;a battery that can be replaced with a fully charged alternative is always going to beat one that&#39;s stuck inside its (admittedly quite pretty) metal shell.&nbsp;</p> <p>The M8, meanwhile, gets a 2600mAh battery that again lasts for roughly a normal day&#39;s use. Just a slightly shorter day. So the S5 definitely takes this round.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: Samsung Galaxy S5</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The S5&#039;s removable battery could come in handy" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_review_11_1.jpg?1397653233" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Camera </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Two entirely different approaches here, with the S5 going for the cram-the-megapixels-in strategy and the M8 for the let&#39;s-make-it-good-for-the-real-world angle. But which is better?</p> <p>In general daytime use, it&#39;s got to be the S5. It&#39;s superfast, focusing in an incredible 0.3s; well, that&#39;s what Samsung says - all we know is that it locks on in an instant. Colours are accurate, contrast is good and with 16MP to play around with, there&#39;s bags of detail to shots. Cropping in to pics is easy peasy too, thanks to the sheer number of pixels on offer.&nbsp;</p> <p>Give it more challenging conditions and it&#39;s a different matter. In low light, images are too grainy, plus Samsung&#39;s ditched the Night Mode from the S4 and replaced it with a Picture Stabilisation option. Fine, except that that option is now hidden away inside a menu. All of which means that you won&#39;t get great results from it down the pub.</p> <p>The HTC One (M8) is pretty much its polar opposite. Its snapper has a mere 4MP sensor, but as with the original One, it uses bigger &#39;Ultrapixel&#39; sites for benefits in low light. But that&#39;s not all. The M8&#39;s gained a second sensor and lens and a second flash. The new sensor/lens combo is there to capture depth information, giving the phone Lytro-like refocus-after-you&#39;ve-taken-picture skills. And it works really well. The S5, meanwhile, uses software to do a similar thing, but with less impressive results.</p> <p>The M8&#39;s new flash improves colours in murky conditions - specifically skin-tones - which further adds to the HTC&#39;s advantage when you&#39;re shooting indoors or at night. But cropping is a no-no, because there&#39;s not much information in a 4MP photo.</p> <p>Choosing between the two approaches is tricky - it&#39;s like saying which is best out of chocolate and cheese. So we won&#39;t attempt it - this round&#39;s another tie.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: Draw</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Snap! And snap again! (Two cameras, see)" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/HTC_One_M8-review-duo-camera_4.jpg?1397653233" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> OS </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Both these phones run the latest version of Android, 4.4 KitKat, but each has its own skin on top. The M8 gets HTC&#39;s Sense 6 interface, and very nice it is too. Chief among its attractions is BlinkFeed - a beautifully balanced blend of social media updates and news from your choice of topics, which sits on a screen of its own. The Sense 6 version can also handle RSS feeds, which is nice, plus it learns what you like and presents that to you first. It&#39;s not quite enough to beat the S5&#39;s interface on its own, but BlinkFeed is definitely a big string to the M8&#39;s bow.</p> <p>As an OS, Sense 6 is fairly restrained and nicely customisable. Other than giving you BlinkFeed, it doesn&#39;t ram itself down your throat with unnecessary apps, and that&#39;s fine by us. It does have a few other nice touches, though, including the ability to turn on the screen by double-tapping the phone and to swipe straight into BlinkFeed or your last-opened app even when the phone is off.</p> <p>The S5 gets Samsung&#39;s TouchWiz skin, and the good news is that it&#39;s finally been toned down from the in-your-face version we&#39;ve seen on previous Galaxy phones. Icons are simple, key apps such as the S Planner calendar have been cleaned up and stripped back, and all the Samsung bloatware - sorry, essential apps - are nicely tidied away within their own folder.</p> <p>The big new feature is My Magazine, which is powered by Flipboard and aims to serve up a BlinkFeed-like experience. It doesn&#39;t quite succeed, with nowhere near as many customisation options and no way to integrate calendars and RSS feeds, but hopefully future updates will improve it. And of course you get all of Samsung&#39;s other software tricks as seen on the S4 - eye tracking tech, the S Health app and much, much more.</p> <p>Personal taste will go a long way to determining which of the two you prefer, but for us, the HTC&#39;s cleaner interface and useful touches such as tap-to-unlock and BlinkFeed beat the throw-everything-at-it approach of the S5.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: HTC One (M8)</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="My Magazine on the Galaxy S5" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_review_35.jpg?1397653233" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="BlinkFeed on the HTC One (M8)" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/HTC_One_M8-review-main.jpg?1397653233" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> OTHER FEATURES </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Bit of an uneven contest, this category. The S5 is awash with extra talents, while the M8 sticks to the tried-and-tested. So on the Samsung, you get a fingerprint sensor, heart-rate tracker and super-fast downloads. And on the M8 you, er, don&#39;t.</p> <p>The S5&#39;s fingerprint scanning doesn&#39;t work as well as it does on the iPhone 5s, but you can use it to pay for Samsung apps and authorise PayPal transactions and the like, which means it&#39;s more than just a fancy way to unlock your handset. The heart-rate tracker integrates with the S Health app and checking your pulse soon becomes quite addictive thanks to the array of graphs on offer. The Download Booster feature, meanwhile, uses Wi-Fi and 4G together to speed up your downloads. Obviously.</p> <p>The HTC lacks none of the essentials but, dual sensor camera aside, offers little functionality that the S5 doesn&#39;t. Both devices have upgradeable storage via microSD. Both have NFC. In fact the only other features it has which the S5 doesn&#39;t are its front speakers - still the best we&#39;ve heard on a phone, and a genuinely useful thing to have. That said, this category is all Samsung&#39;s.</p> <p><em><strong>Winner: Samsung Galaxy S5</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung&#039;s heart-rate tracking in action" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_review_49_1.jpg?1397653233" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As head-to-heads go, you won&#39;t get much closer than the HTC One (M8) vs Samsung Galaxy S5.</p> <p>In many ways they&#39;re similar phones - both have big, beautiful screens, both have more power than they realistically need, both run the latest, and greatest, version of Android. But it&#39;s the differences between them that ultimately decide this battle.</p> <p>If you&#39;re looking for a phone with masses of extra features - from fingerprint scanning to heart-rate-tracking to waterproofing to a removable battery - then you should go for the Galaxy S5.</p> <p>If you&#39;re more bothered about owning a beautiful object, both in terms of its physical build and the software that runs on it, then you&#39;ll be better off with the HTC One (M8).</p> <p>For us, the extras you&#39;ll get from the S5 don&#39;t compare to the joy you&#39;ll gain from the M8. And that&#39;s why it&#39;s our overall winner.</p> <p><em><strong>Overall winner: HTC One (M8)</strong></em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten" target="_blank">The 10 best smartphones in the world right now</a>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review" target="_blank">Samsung Galaxy S5 review</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review" target="_blank">HTC One (M8) review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="And our winner is... the HTC One (M8)" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/M8_3V_Silver.jpg?1397653233" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Galaxy S5 vs HTC One (M8) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Android flagships square off </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-htc-one-m8/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5-vs-htc-one-m8/feature#comments Android Galaxy S5 HTC One (M8) Samsung Smartphones Tue, 08 Apr 2014 16:32:04 +0000 Marc McLaren 1435052 at http://www.stuff.tv Watch out Will.i.am – Samsung has a smartwatch that makes calls too http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/watch-out-william-samsung-has-smartwatch-makes-calls-too/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> “Gear Solo” trademark application points to a wearable that has no need of buddying up to your phone </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Watch out Will.i.am – Samsung has a smartwatch that makes calls too" alt="Watch out Will.i.am – Samsung has a smartwatch that makes calls too" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/gear-2-neo-range.jpg?1397006777" /> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Black Eyed Peas frontman Will.i.am might be <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/fully-charged-webos-never-was-and-william-s-big-smartwatch-revealed/news">plotting</a> to bring the first call-making, non-smartphone-needing smartwatch to the world &ndash; but Samsung looks to be hot on his heels.</p> <p>According to Patently Apple, the company has applied to trademark the term &ldquo;Gear Solo&rdquo; in its native South Korea, with a view to bringing a SIM-toting smartwatch to market. &ldquo;Solo&rdquo;, of course, refers to the fact that the smartwatch, unlike current models like the Pebble, Sony Smartwatch and Samsung&rsquo;s own Galaxy Gear range, can connect to a mobile data network on its own. Existing smartwatches have to do so via a smartphone.</p> <p>But don&rsquo;t get too excited just yet &ndash; or too fixed on the Gear Solo name. The report suggests that Samsung executives are still mulling over the branding (in other words, the name could change) and that, at first at least, the standalone, call-making smartwatch will be released only in South Korea.</p> <p>[Via <a href="http://www.patentlyapple.com/patently-apple/2014/04/samsung-reportedly-preparing-new-standalone-smartwatch-1.html">Patently Apple</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gear-2/samsung-gear-2-and-gear-2-neo/review">Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> Geek accessories Samsung Smartwatches Wearable tech Tue, 08 Apr 2014 09:10:34 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1435050 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung Galaxy S5 http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The most feature-packed smartphone on the planet, tested. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Forget the hype, the Galaxy S5 is here" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_smartphone_review_05_0.jpg?1397658223" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sophie-charara" title="View user profile.">Sophie Charara</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You know what you&rsquo;re getting with the Samsung Galaxy S5 before you even unbox it, because this is a 2014 superphone. Big, bright screen. Oodles of power. Brilliant camera.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £540.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> plenty of power </div> <div class="field-item even"> sharp, vivid screen </div> <div class="field-item odd"> detailed snapper </div> <div class="field-item even"> tons of features </div> <div class="field-item odd"> waterproof </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> a design that few will find beautiful </div> <div class="field-item even"> UI can still be confusing </div> <div class="field-item odd"> not the best camera indoors and in low light </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Big on Design DNA </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If there&rsquo;s one obvious way that Samsung still falls behind its rivals, it&rsquo;s industrial design.</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-s4/review" target="_blank">Galaxy S4&rsquo;s</a> clammy, all-plastic build didn&rsquo;t feel particularly nice to hold - the kind of smartphone you really don&rsquo;t mind putting a case on. While the S5 is instantly recognisable as a Galaxy, Samsung has tweaked the design by adding a dimpled polycarbonate (still removable) back panel to give your fingers something to adhere to. In that regard it works. This is a big, wide phone but that new texture combines with <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-3/samsung-galaxy-note-3/review" target="_blank">Note 3</a>-style metal-look ridges to make this the grippiest Galaxy yet. It&rsquo;s just as light as the S4 (OK, 15g heavier) and is also more solidly built that its predecessor, which was prone to the odd creak.</p> <p>Improving on the S4 isn&rsquo;t enough, though. Next to the impressively engineered <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/lg-g2/review" target="_blank">LG G2</a> the S5 looks a generation behind, with wider bezels on the front and a larger overall handprint. The G2 simply has a better screen-to-size ratio.</p> <p>Second, how a phone feels when you grab it 100 times a day is half the battle. The &ldquo;Modern Glam&rdquo; back panel still doesn&rsquo;t look the part of a &pound;600 smartphone. Perhaps it&rsquo;s exactly the sort of styling Samsung&rsquo;s hordes of fans are after, but to our eyes this is a long way from the sophisticated curves of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review" target="_blank">HTC One M8</a>.</p> <p>We&rsquo;re not saying &ldquo;go metal or go home&rdquo; (the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/google-nexus-5/review" target="_blank">Nexus 5</a> is a prime example of understated polycarbonate perfection) and ditching the fake stitching of the Note 3 is a good decision, but Samsung needs to think classier.</p> <p>Third, while the S5 feels solid enough, crank up the volume when watching a movie in bed and you can hear the rear speaker vibrating the S5&rsquo;s back panel fairly vigorously. That&rsquo;s not something you&rsquo;d expect from a flagship such as this.</p> <p>In short, we&rsquo;re not enamoured by the S5&rsquo;s aesthetics, but perhaps there are those out there who will be. Besides, Samsung&rsquo;s form has function - IP67 waterproofing. Just make sure the back panel and port covers are properly fitted. No-one wants a soggy battery.</p> <p>UPDATE: Samsung has sent us over a Charcoal Black model and we&#39;re much more taken with it than our original Shimmery White unit. Our design criticisms still stand but this is definitely the model we&#39;d go for - we&#39;re yet to eye up Electric Blue and Copper Gold.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review" target="_blank">HTC One (M8) review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="It looks like a Galaxy, it feels like a Galaxy " alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_review_27.jpg?1397658223" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="The outgoing Galaxy S4 has a smaller handprint than the taller S5" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_review_69.jpg?1397658223" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Metal-look ridges remind us of the Galaxy Note 3" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_review_60_0.jpg?1397658223" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="We&#039;re much more taken with the black Galaxy S5 " alt="We&#039;re much more taken with the black Galaxy S5 " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-galaxy-s5-review-black.png?1397658223" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Big Screen: 5.1in, Super AMOLED </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Fortunately the screen will more than distract you from the S5&#39;s divisive aesthetics. At 5.1in, it&rsquo;s only just bigger than the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-s4/review" target="_blank">S4&rsquo;s</a> - but it&rsquo;s now a dazzling Super AMOLED display.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s still full HD resolution, so there&#39;s a slight drop to 432ppi from the S4&rsquo;s 441ppi, but you really won&rsquo;t notice. What you will notice is how bright it is, how easy it is to read outdoors and how vibrant the colours are.</p> <p>And to combat criticism over alien hues, Samsung&rsquo;s adapt display setting automatically switches screen mode depending on what you&rsquo;re doing - Dynamic mode to make home and lockscreens really pop, and Cinema mode for a natural palette for movies. It&rsquo;s the smartphone screen equivalent of having your cake and eating it.</p> <p>We were obviously excited when the (ultimately unfounded) rumours of a 2K screen surfaced, but while that&rsquo;s not what we&rsquo;ve ended up with this is plenty sharp and there are excellent viewing angles. It&rsquo;s not quite the very best - the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/lg-g2/review" target="_blank">LG G2</a> offers a larger screen, crisper picture and slightly better contrast in a smaller body. But the S5&rsquo;s display is still an absolute stunner.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/lg-g2/review" target="_blank">LG G2 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="A Super AMOLED stunner " alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_review_42_0.jpg?1397658223" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Big Camera: 16MP, 4K video </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The S5&#39;s is a very impressive smartphone snapper.</p> <p>For a start, the autofocus is seriously quick. Samsung reckons it&rsquo;s as fast as up to 0.3s; we can&rsquo;t count that quickly, but we do know it&rsquo;s one of the nippiest we&rsquo;ve seen on a phone.</p> <p>The 16MP sensor captures accurate colours, good contrast and masses of detail when used outdoors in good light, so it&rsquo;s a superb ad-hoc tourist cam. Its improved HDR mode is one of the best we&rsquo;ve used, too - it&rsquo;s lightning quick and the results in tricky light are close to magic.</p> <p>But indoors it&rsquo;s only so-so, and in low light it&rsquo;s comfortably beaten by the night vision of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review" target="_blank">HTC One (M8)</a> and the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/lg-g2/review" target="_blank">LG G2</a>. Colours stay accurate but images look too grainy to be usable. Zooming in on landscape shots? Yes, go for it (after all, it&#39;s not something you can do very effectively on the 4MP One (M8)). Your mate&rsquo;s face in a dimly lit restaurant? Not so hot.</p> <p>Selective focus - Samsung&rsquo;s version of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lytro/review" target="_blank">Lytro</a>-like tech so in vogue right now - offers near focus, far focus and pan focus after you&rsquo;ve taken the shot. The subject closest to you has to be 50cm or nearer and, unlike on the HTC, the mode has to be selected before you start snapping. But even though it&rsquo;s software-based, with no extra sensors, it works fairly well and is a cool feature that&rsquo;s a cut above the slightly gimicky software tricks Samsung has been guilty of in the past.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="280" mozallowfullscreen="" msallowfullscreen="" oallowfullscreen="" src="https://www.flickr.com/photos/99712217@N05/13713898094/in/set-72157643635998415/player/" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="500"></iframe></p> <p>The camera app itself has been simplified, too, with one big boo-boo: Samsung&rsquo;s ditched its night mode altogether. For low light shots Samsung suggests its new Picture Stabilisation mode, but this is hidden as a toggle in the phone&rsquo;s main settings. After Auto, this is probably the most used setting, so having to jump through hoops to get to it is a misstep.</p> <p>As for video, the S5 joins the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-3/samsung-galaxy-note-3/review" target="_blank">Note 3</a> in the 4K club - footage is smooth and looks as crisp as the screen you&rsquo;re viewing it on will allow. In most cases, the excellent full HD footage will do.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The camera apps scrubs up nicely with fewer confusing modes" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_review_76_0.jpg?1397658223" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="16MP camera bump on the back of the S5" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_review_70_0.jpg?1397658223" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="The camera app has quick access to HDR and selective focus modes" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_review_73_0.jpg?1397658223" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Big on Features </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>With so much going on, the S5 needs order. And this is easily the most user friendly version of Android yet to grace a Galaxy.</p> <p>TouchWiz, as it&#39;s known, has never had many fans. Big features such as running two apps side by side with Multi Window are useful, but there&rsquo;s always been a little too much confusion and clutter to it.</p> <p>On the S5 it&rsquo;s different. It&rsquo;s not quite as painstakingly crafted as <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ios-7/ios-7/review" target="_blank">iOS</a> yet and we&rsquo;re sure an S5 Google Edition (with vanilla Android KitKat) will sell well. But it is now on the road to brilliance. Tweaked icons look simple and fresh and core apps such as the S Planner calendar have been overhauled to look clean and calming next to their hectic <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/samsung-galaxy-s4/review" target="_blank">S4</a> counterparts.</p> <p>Where once we&rsquo;d unbox a smartphone already bloated with extra apps, Samsung downloads and free subscriptions are now tidied away in the the Galaxy Essentials and Galaxy Gifts widgets - it&rsquo;s then up to you which you install and which you ignore.</p> <p>The big addition is My Magazine, a stream of images and links to news that&rsquo;s powered by <a href="https://flipboard.com/" target="_blank">Flipboard</a> and sits to the left of the main homescreen. <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review" target="_blank">HTC&rsquo;s BlinkFeed</a> is slightly more useful - it shows specific RSS feeds and calendar appointments - but Samsung&rsquo;s app is an equally lively way to jump into the morning&rsquo;s news. Again, Samsung is learning to be less pushy - My Magazine can be killed in the settings.</p> <p>Using the S5 can still feel overwhelming at times, mind you. The settings menu is somewhat over-stocked with options, to the extent that we gave up scrolling the icons and used the search tool. All the familiar Samsung innovations are here if you want them, including last year&rsquo;s motion gestures (eye tracking, touchless scrolling, etc) neatly tucked away in their own section. It&rsquo;s worth noting that none of these are as useful and intuitive day-to-day as the One (M8)&rsquo;s swipe- and tap-to-unlock gestures.</p> <p>Then there are the new features...</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone review" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_smartphone_review_06_0.jpg?1397658223" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Multi Window running Facebook and a video shot with the S5" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_review_41_0.jpg?1397658223" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung&#039;s app drawer, newly cleaned up " alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_review_37_0.jpg?1397658223" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="My Magazine, alone in the courtyard " alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_review_34_0.jpg?1397658223" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung Smart Switch: how to ditch iOS the Samsung way </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Samsung&rsquo;s recognised that one of the biggest obstacles to getting an S5 is the hassle of having to move all of your media and messages from your outgoing handset, particularly if it&rsquo;s an <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iphone-5s/review" target="_blank">iPhone</a>.</p> <p>Samsung Smart Switch is genius - accessed through the Galaxy Essentials widget, it works with Android and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ios-7/ios-7/review" target="_blank">iOS</a>. Enter your iCloud details and it downloads calendar appointments, memos, contacts and bookmarks. It took just half an hour for us. Google Play equivalents of apps are suggested to ease the transition and iTunes libraries can be moved over via the PC or Mac version of Smart Switch.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The S5&#039;s heart-rate monitor in action </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><iframe class="vine-embed" frameborder="0" height="480" src="https://vine.co/v/M5KHgvv25Wu/embed/simple" width="480"></iframe></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Big on BPM </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Heart rate tracking has been added to Samsung&rsquo;s redesigned S Health app, which already boasts pedometer, exercise and food-tracking sections. Once accessed through the app it&rsquo;s quick to take readings, requiring only a finger press to the sensor that sits below the rear camera. It&rsquo;s very accurate, too - within a couple of BPM of the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tomtom/tomtom-multi-sport-cardio-hands-review/feature" target="_blank">TomTom Multi-Sport Cardio</a>.</p> <p>But the beauty of heart-rate monitoring is that it enables more focused training, and for that to be really effective it needs to be constant, as it is with a sportswatch such as the aforementioned TomTom or Samsung&rsquo;s own Gear Fit.</p> <p>Having said that, checking your heart rate can become weirdly addictive (there&rsquo;s even a graph) and yet another feature to add to your S5 bragging session as you show off what it can do. And S Health itself remains a great free tool for beginners, with workout goals, audio guides and step counting.</p> <p>If you&#39;re frustrated with what S Health is capable of, Samsung&#39;s announced that Endomondo integration is on its way (complete with bespoke apps for the Gear 2 and Gear Fit) as well as plans to bring more fitness services such as Strava into the S Health fold in 2014.&nbsp;</p> <p>Fitness is obviously part of Samsung&rsquo;s big picture and it&rsquo;s way out in front with the S5. But that&rsquo;s not all the phone fondling you&rsquo;ll be doing.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Someone&#039;s excited about the Galaxy S5" alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_review_49_0.jpg?1397658223" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="S Health tracks steps, exercise, heart rate and food. But who tracks S Health? " alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_review_55_0.jpg?1397658223" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Press your finger for a heart rate reading. The future? " alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_review_54_0.jpg?1397658223" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Big on Fingerprints </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><iframe class="vine-embed" frameborder="0" height="480" src="https://vine.co/v/M5KwVnxHZ7U/embed/simple" width="480"></iframe></p> <p>Fingerprint scanning is an awesome, futuristic feature, especially in terms of mobile payments, so it&rsquo;s good to see Samsung joining <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iphone-5s/review" target="_blank">Apple</a> in including it.</p> <p>The implementation isn&rsquo;t as slick as Apple&rsquo;s - you have to swipe from the screen down over the oval-shaped button and often find your fingers sliding off the edge of the plastic phone. However, it does allow you to register fingerprints to pay for Samsung apps, authorise PayPal transactions and access private files on the phone. There&rsquo;s no Google Play integration yet, so we hope to see it in a future update.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/iphone-5s/review" target="_blank">iPhone 5s review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Big on Power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Maybe it&rsquo;s the tweaks to TouchWiz, maybe it&rsquo;s the extra grunt from Snapdragon&rsquo;s blazing 2.5GHz 801 processor. But with the Galaxy S5, Samsung&rsquo;s finally produced a phone that makes full use of the power underneath its hood.</p> <p>For all its gaming and multi-tasking prowess, it was the small things that could trip up the S4 - opening the gallery, widgets blinking and reloading on its homescreens. Not so with the Galaxy S5 - it&rsquo;s not quite as effortlessly fluid as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review" target="_blank">HTC One (M8)</a>, but moving through the UI is as lag-free as we&rsquo;ve seen from a Samsung. It doesn&rsquo;t hurt that the S5 can play back a 4K video in one window while you scroll through Facebook in the other, either.</p> <p>It doesn&rsquo;t top the benchmark charts, scoring lower than the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/lg-g2/review" target="_blank">LG G2</a>, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/sony-xperia-z-ultra/review" target="_blank">Sony Xperia Z Ultra</a> and Samsung&rsquo;s own <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-3/samsung-galaxy-note-3/review" target="_blank">Galaxy Note 3</a> on <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.antutu.ABenchMark" target="_blank">AnTuTu</a> with 29730, but such figures are far less important than the day-to-day user experience.</p> <p>Connectivity is super fast, too, backed up by a decent <a href="https://www.webkit.org/perf/sunspider/sunspider.html" target="_blank">SunSpider</a> benchmark score of 779.0m/s. Downloads that are already lickety split thanks to MiMO Wi-Fi (ten seconds for a <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.spotify.mobile.android.ui" target="_blank">Spotify</a> album, less than a minute for big Google Play games - depending on your internet connection, of course) get even quicker with Samsung&rsquo;s Download Booster. With a 4G sim in place, the S5 uses both Wi-Fi and 4G to, well, boost download speeds. We&rsquo;ve never seen a blue bar hop so fast.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-3256133908001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="3256133908001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. If you wish to have the player instantiated only after the rest of the HTML is processed and the page load is complete, remove the line. --> <script type="text/javascript">brightcove.createExperiences();</script> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung Galaxy S5 tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Operating system</strong> - Android 4.4.2</p> <p><strong>Processor</strong> - Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 @&nbsp;2.5GHz</p> <p><strong>RAM</strong> - 2GB</p> <p><strong>Screen</strong> - 5.1in Super AMOLED with 1920x1080 resolution (432ppi)</p> <p><strong>Camera</strong> - 16MP rear (UHD @30fps), 2MP front (1080p)</p> <p><strong>Storage</strong> - 16/32GB (microSD expandable by up to 128GB)</p> <p><strong>Connectivity</strong> - Wi-Fi, 3G/4G, USB 3.0, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0</p> <p><strong>Battery</strong> - 2800mAh</p> <p><strong>Dimensions/weight</strong> - 142x72.5x8.1mm/145g</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Big on Battery </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Battery life on the S5 is strong, matching the usual roster of top Androids in lasting a full day.&nbsp;It&rsquo;s not quite up there with the juice-sipping&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/lg-g2/review" target="_blank">G2</a>, which easily lasts a day and a half no matter what you throw at it, but that device remains a freaky smartphone anomaly.&nbsp;</p> <p>Unlike either the G2 or the HTC One (M8), though, the Samsung&#39;s battery is swappable. For some people this is a deal-maker - if you&#39;re organised enough to carry a spare with you, it&#39;s a feature to cherish.</p> <p>On an hour&rsquo;s commute of listening to offline Spotify playlists, editing in Google Drive and checking emails over 4G, the 2800mAh battery will plummet by about 30%. There&rsquo;s a new Ultra Power Saving Mode, though, which limits the phone to apps such as phone, messages, internet and memo and changes the screen to grayscale. That&rsquo;s enough to see 30% of battery last 3.3 days, while 4% will get you half an hour before lights-out.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The 2800mAh is swappable - good news for power users " alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_review_11_0.jpg?1397658223" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="The monochrome Ultra Power Saving Mode " alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_review_57_0.jpg?1397658223" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung Galaxy S5 Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There&rsquo;s plenty to brag about with the S5 - a glorious screen, superb camera, Multi Window apps, fingerprint scanning. If the tweaked build and cleaned-up user interface are anything to go by, Samsung is taking design - inside and out - seriously.</p> <p>And yet, while it does everything you expect from a 2014 flagship phone, it doesn&rsquo;t quite go above and beyond to the same extent as the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/htc-one-2/review" target="_blank">HTC One (M8)</a>, which is that little bit slicker, more stylish and joyful to live with.&nbsp;</p> <p>It&rsquo;s a mighty close call, though, and Samsung fans have no reason to be disappointed.&nbsp;The fact is, this is a smartphone that&#39;s just millimetres from greatness. Samsung&#39;s problem is that its competitors are closer still.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten" target="_blank">The 10 Best Smartphones in the World right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Plenty to brag about " alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_review_78_0.jpg?1397658223" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Waterproofing win - the cover over the microUSB port " alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_review_61_0.jpg?1397658223" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Design tweaks are going in the right direction " alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_-smartphone_review_01_0.jpg?1397658223" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="Not as covetable as the HTC One (M8) but it&#039;s close " alt="Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Samsung_Galaxy_S5_review_66_0.jpg?1397658223" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Camera </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Big, bold and stuffed with tech, the Galaxy S5 is a bona fide superphone with some very stiff competition</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung Galaxy S5 review: &quot;millimetres from greatness&quot; </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Stunning power, screen and camera, but it has some serious competition </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-s5/samsung-galaxy-s5/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Android Galaxy S5 MWC 2014 Samsung Smartphones Tue, 08 Apr 2014 04:01:00 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1427663 at http://www.stuff.tv